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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.
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…
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…
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…
A crushingly bland and predictable film with a multitude of forgettable characters and slow 'meh' moments.
One would think that having Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy and Judie Dench, along with the film being set in India would liven it all up a bit, but not in John Madden's hands. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is an utterly, utterly mediocre effort that does nothing new in a visual or narrative sense.
To watch this film is to waste one's life. To see something that truly utilises the landscape of India, I highly recommend Tarsem Singh's The Fall. It has more filmic ingenuity in one frame than Marigold has in its entire run time.
Writing a review bashing The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel feels something akin to walking up to a kind, happy person and smacking them in the face for no apparent reason. This film is good natured, easily digestible and generally just a kind, happy experience. It does its thing, it doesn't really bother anyone, and yet, I'm not going to be entirely kind back to it, because I'm a cynical movie buff after all.
The story follows seven elderly Brits who all gravitate towards an add for a fancy hotel in India called The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (big surprise there). This establishment promises relaxation and adventure for anyone seeking to spend their last years some place different. Once at the…
Golden-years romances set in golden-hour Indian sunlight, but with jokes that mostly peak at bronze.
You would think by now that western filmmakers could shoot in India without resorting to creaky travelogue and regarding the locals with the kind of respectful curiosity normally reserved for zoo animals.
However, it’s refreshing to see a big, broad entertainment pitched at a more mature audience, and some of the last-chance-at-life material is genuinely affecting.
I fell asleep barely halfway through, and so my opinion here doesn't really count for much (unless you take into consideration that I was extremely bored and that's why I fell asleep in the first place). All the same, this is probably the most tame film I've ever (partially) seen. Dora the Explorer is more intense!
Also, considering I've only seen half, I think I should take advantage of this opportunity and list a number of predications for the character arc conclusions:
-Maggie Smith's character becomes either entirely "Pro-Indian" and realises the evil in her ways, or she actually talks down to another racist and tells him off.
-Judi Dench needs to get with someone, and considering Nighy is probably…
Predictable to a fault, but the actors sell it.
Enjoyable and fun, with a bittersweet serious undercurrent. Very well done.
Viewed: Digital. VoD. HD. 1080P.
This was an unintentional prequel for me, as I saw the second film first, and I must say this is much, much better, more austerely directed, deeper and packs more of a punch, I guess the sequel is more frivolous and played for laughs. But here we get to see all the ensemble characters shine a lot more, and Tom Wilkinson's sub-plot was particularly moving too.
I was expecting a bit more silly old people adventures in the hotel, instead it was more focused on the individual stories of the hotel guests. Which was a nice watch eventually, although rather superficially.
One of the best feel good films ever made. I've seen this movie three times now and still find things to enjoy. To say I'm excited for the sequel is an understatement!
Just a nice, good film. It's nice.
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