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The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Share the journey. Share the laughter.
British retirees travel to India to take up residence in what they believe is a newly restored hotel. Less luxurious than its advertisements, the Marigold Hotel nevertheless slowly begins to charm in unexpected ways.
To bastardise a Roger Murtaugh quote - I’m too young for this shit.
Perhaps this review will be a little on the harsh side, particularly when I am obviously not its target demographic, but I find it rather depressing that an impressive ensemble cast is wasted on such lightweight fluff. The story - a group of 60+ Brits travel to India to spend their twilight years in luxury yet find the hotel to be anything but - is the sort of tired rubbish you’d find propping up the TV scheduling on a lazy Sunday evening. So what we get is a range of one-note characters each fulfilling their respective roles in the story. What a shame then that you cast…
Oh look, Maggie Smith's a racist. I wonder if, by any chance, she might have changed her outlook by the end of the film.
There's just nothing to this film. It's a really bizarre comedy drama in that it's neither funny nor particularly dramatic. It just meanders its way through its over-long running time, have someone inevitably and tragically cark it, have someone else being presumed to have carked it, and that's it on the drama front.
Then have it be simultaneously patronising and admiring of India and Indian culture, throw in the usual jibes about Indian food giving you the shits, have the hotel owner be a gibbering moron who has…
Everything will be all right in the end... if it's not all right then it's not yet the end.
Some of the best british actors alive are assembled in a film about retirees moving to India, and feeling shocked by the culture differences.
A film packed with such a talented cast was expected to be, at least, watchable and funny. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is extremely boring, predictable and cliched.
John Madden has no idea of what he is doing throughout the movie because he doesn't care about the characters. It's just a mix of people, with no significant development and it's very hard to feel connected to them. Every moment of, let's call it, stronger emotions feels very…
For some reason I didn't think I'd like The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel at all. This is in large part why I'm just now getting around to seeing it. The title was a bit of a turn off and the plot didn't seem like something I'd enjoy, at least that's what I thought. As it turns out this simple story of a group of English people in their twilight years choosing to spend them at a hotel in India is quite charming. It features a cast actors and actresses most are sure to recognize, and all the culture and nuances of the country it's set in. Directed by John Madden and adapted from Deborah Moggach's novel, These Foolish Things, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel was a pleasant surprise and one I wish I'd gotten to sooner.
Ron's recommendation: See it.
The power of an actor, or in this case actors, can sometimes carry through a piece of work that without them wouldn't particularly stand out, and that's very much the case with The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (for the Elderly & Beautiful). John Madden's movie, based on the novel These Foolish Things by Deborah Moggach, is directed with an elegant, cultured, charming malaise and very much has a script to match; his piece casually ambles it's way through a tale of senior citizens on a voyage of self-discovery as they trade in a set of dour, middle-class lives for the late vestiges of the Raj in Jaipur, a land of crumbled old buildings, eternal sunsets, noisy & loud streets and err... call…
Funny, optimistic and heart-warming.
Painfully shows some of the most difficult hardships in life such as heartbreak, grief, failing relationships and forbidden romance, while also letting us know there's always hope and it'll always be okay in the end.
Although perhaps a bit hollow at times, and occasionally the cast feels wasted, it does what it sets out to do.
A charming film with great performances.
Does nothing original, but the cast are all very likeable and it does a good job of making the chaos of India look exciting.
A wonderfully written film with a stellar ensemble cast, oozing the best in British talent.
This was a disappointment. Despite the likability of all of the actors, I can't say that I ever liked the characters. And Sonny, the hotel owner, was hardly more than a caricature.
A great cast delivers in this sweet film about starting over when you're much closer to the end than the beginning. And who among us hasn't wondered what it would be like to drop everything and begin anew in some distant - or maybe not-so-distant - land?
Lovely movie. Very sweet.
( C ) When I walked into the theater to this movie I was blown away by the sea of elderly americans before me. I had to sit all the way on the end in the very front row. This film must be like the "Avatar" for old people. The premise was good and I like the actors in it but the it was pretty dull and nothing really pulled me in. It was perfectly fine and sorta sweet but I just felt a little relief when it was over. Sort of like a real trip to see the grandparents.
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is a big film, and not only because it is set in the humongous country of India, but that also that it managed to gross hundreds of millions with such a basic story. It isn't new, it isn't refreshing but it still manages to please, with it's humorous older cast who cast off the shackles of well, age, this is just all round fun and even though it can be slow at times and could be said to be just a little over long, it still manages to be good fun and a nice ride too.
Now the plot is pretty fast at throwing straight into India, it doesn't mess around developing characters and quickly…
Quite a delightful ensemble film centered and celebrating issues around growing old. Some dark moments balance out the comedic but there's enough characters spread to expound on some universal truths.
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