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…
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…
This film is incredibly charming.
At first a bit off putting, it shows many English people, skeptical about other races. Each of these people, are elderly retired people. They all end up in India at The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel on a retreat. As time progresses they all become friends are become emerged in a beautiful society that they can't help but fall in love with.
The cast is absolutely fabulous. Starring Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, Tom Wilkinson and Maggie Smith, their solid British acting makes the film a great watch.
No matter your age, you relate to all of the characters. Some struggling with sexual orientation, illness, separation, death, and life, by intertwining their lives they have the opportunity…
Basically, Britain's attempt at The Expendables.
Done our way. And this is the kind of movie we are very good at making. A collection of stories that in truth are all but one, packed full of cliche. But they are told very well. And obviously acted very well. The wonderful cast manage to find nuggets of laughter, hope and sadness in the script.
This is a film who's only purpose in the world is to make its watcher smile.
It worked for me.
Emotionally a lot more demanding than the trailer and poster suggest, but the light hearted humour and quick-fire jokes keep it bobbing on the comedy side of drama.
Some well chosen Asian soundtrack and beautiful establishing shots submerge you into India, while a genuinely witty and moving script abolish your pre-conceived notions and tries to show the country in a new light.
All of the cast was brilliant as expected, but the real show stealers here are Maggie Smith and Judi Dench. Who knew Maggie Smith could speak like that?
Guaranteed to make you smile, it's a comedy that portrays some of the gritty truths about growing old, while showing you that it's never too late to be young.
Well that was unexpected! Normally I wouldn't even consider watching a film like this, and for a long time I put it off thinking that it really wouldn't be my kind of thing. But I'm so glad I did give it a try.
The very best of British acting talent are showcased in an extremely heartwarming and emotional story about the nature of growing old, and how it doesn't have to mean you need to stop living.
My reasoning for watching this movie: I'm ill on a Saturday night and the TV is dire. So we had this on DVD lying about the house so I've decided to bang it on.
At first I didn't think this would be my sort of movie but to my surprise, it is a very charming film that shows off the subcontinent of India in a great, progressive light.
The movie is made up of subplots following the various patrons and staff at the hotel, and the characterisation is very well written, leaving the viewer genuinely interested in each story that plays out.
It feels like a film that doesn't do or achieve much but you'll be happy you sat through.
I expected this to be a delightfully charming, yet somewhat predictable film with strong performances from its wonderful cast. Unsurprisingly, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel did not disappoint.
All hail our divine Queen Maggie Smith and bow down to Princess Judi Dench, who were sent from Heaven above to bless us with their divine presence and who, by grand design, were placed together in the very same movie with our King Bill Nighy to humble us mere peasants.
There are few things in this world I love more than mature British movie stars. So I must like this movie by default.
Entertaining, quite peaceful, nice for a sunday afternoon.
A top-notch cast assembled here! Maggie, Judi, Tom.....really fabulous British actors, everyone.
The charming urgency of the young man determined to make this hotel thrive, is totally compelling. But the way aging, marriage, loneliness and new beginnings are woven into the fabric of this film, so seamlessly, is what makes this hotel shine like a beacon for all.
Poco tengo qué decir sobre este esperpento geriátrico. La he visto yendo a Barcelona en el AVE, sale en hindú de 'Slumdog Millionaire', salen actores viejunos ingleses haciendo de gañanes que parecen que van a Gandia a veranear, no me funcionaban muy bien los auriculares del tren, me he dormido, y la hora y media restante me la he pasado leyendo un cómic que me había traído de casa para sobrellevar el viaje. Nada nuevo bajo el sol. Solo una premonición: 'Hollywood se empeñará en hacer películas como esta, 'Stand Up Guys' (2012) o 'Last Vegas' (2013) para resucitar del arroyo a actores viejunos que se resisten a hacer de venerables ancianos en silla de ruedas y fumando en pipa. Tiempo al tiempo'.
Because I love all the actors in it and for good music and vibrancy of culture. Plus I loved the book.