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The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
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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…
Part of **No Re-Watch November 2012**.
You don't put Judi Dench, Tom Wilkinson, Bill Nighy, and Maggie Smith into a film and not expect at least 3.5 stars from me. (Had they thrown in Jim Broadbent, I might have rated it 4 stars before I even saw it. I'm such a fanboy of these actors.)
And of course, they all exceed expectations here -- with special commendations to Nighy and Wilkinson. They're funny and tragic and sad and wise as a crew of retirees who end up at a retirement hotel in India ("for the elderly and beautiful") for various reasons and with varying results. The fact that young Dev Patel carves out his own character and makes a mark…
Pretty much almost all of my favorite elderly British actors in one movie.
Absolutely stellar cast but the whole thing, although very charming, is also lacking in conviction and spread very thinly
Fun movie thought provoking
Simple and honest, those are the best two words I have to describe this movie. It's quiet and beautiful. There are many aspects that are completely predictable but that doesn't work to it's detriment, really. I liked it.
I know I should not have enjoyed it, but I gave in to the escapist hokum that is The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. Yes, the film is middle-class with the faintest stench of Imperialist nostalgia. Yes, it offers a gaggle of stereotypes from Indian call centres to henpecked husbands to the ailing Maggie Smith in a cock-er-nee accent saying ‘I don’t want anyone foreign to touch me’ as if she had not been in an NHS hospital – or any hospital, come to think of it – since the 1970s. Reader, I surrendered my aesthetic judgement.
Here’s why. Essentially, there are very few films that are entirely dominated by English thespians of a certain age fighting against the expectation that…
Aging Brits travel to India with mixed-bag of results. For every Nighy, there's a P Wilton. Dench so soulful. C+
Maggie Smith is just delightful in everything.
This week I saw two movies in the cinema with diametrically opposite target audiences. Despite being midway in age between these two audience groups, my infantile sensibility meant that I enjoyed the Hunger Games quite a bit more than the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, but both film have themes universal to any age group. The title of the latter movie is a bit of a mouthful, and not that easy to recall. At the ticket counter last night I said "Umm...that movie with the old people in India". Well, that's exactly what it is. I liked it. While it never quite captures the vitality of the country, it thankfully doesn't present India as either a travelogue or a slum. The…
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