Apologies for the blunt title - I want to compile a list of films with older (55+) leads that capture…
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…
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…
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel has a messy script. It simply forgets a few narratives and characters that it introduced initially as the story advances. The ending is one of those old cliched moments when all the characters get together and take part in a dramatic conclusion. But I liked it. Why? Because the great ensemble that includes Judi Dench, Tom Wilkinson, Bill Nighy and Maggie Smith *sweats profusely at the amount of awesomeness* save the day.
This film concerns 7 Brits who end up in India in the 'luxurious' Marigold Hotel. To their disappointment, the hotel is far from being luxurious and is run by a confident yet struggling young man played by Dev Patel. But soon, to no…
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.
old people eat a whole lot of curry and shit themselves
Retirees vacationing in India is probably not my cup of tee, but my Gran loved it, and Bill Nighy is still my favourite human.
Purple Rinse lifestyle change tale, that as limp as old mans cock.
These are some of the greats and what a pleasure to see them on screen together. What a wonderful, heartwarming film.
It was an amusing coincidence that The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel served as counter-programming for the box office colossus that was The Avengers. The pacing of each film is nearly identical in their developing moments, introducing a number of major stars before bringing them together as a collective spectacle. What appealed to people about the Marvel franchise had much to do not only with the characterizations of the various heroes but with Joss Whedon’s wry sarcasm, however none of such pleasant surprises are to be found in John Madden’s directorial effort. Once the joy of seeing Bill Nighy, Judi Dench, and Maggie Smith occupying the frame together has worn off, one is left with a relatively witless, entirely-too-safe drama, with…
I don't think anyone will be surprised by what they get, here: a motley crew of elderly people find they can't make life work in England and so move to India where, well, they find what they need, which, shocker, isn't what they thought they wanted. It feels like the novelist behind the story spent a holiday in India and wanted to relive the experience vicariously. In fact, it turns out the novelist, herself in her 60s, really thinks England's elderly should move to India, so the story is, in effect, propaganda. Indeed, despite the occasional nods to superficial cultural differences and even to the untouchable caste, the film is basically an apolitical fantasy that doesn't ask very big questions (like, why aren't the English people caring for their elderly?) and so doesn't leave a very big impression.
A whimsical, predictable easy-happy-face example of neocolonialism. A crew of elderly Brits (most veteran BAFTA winners), all pensioners, go to India, the candy-colored "hustle and bustle" of Jaipur. The film presents just a cheery 'Change is good' in the end, with little concern for what kind of change it happens to be.
They're just genteel old bag-o'-bones idiots (some stridently racist, others casually racist, some just conveniently uninformed) rediscovering an exotic land. Careerist housewife Evelyn (Judi Dench); closeted judge Graham (Tom Wilkinson); bitter and broke Jean and Doug (Penelope Wilton and Bill Nighy); mean and frail Muriel (Maggie Smith); widowed Madge (Celia Imrie); and lothario Norman (Ronald Pickup). At best, the film is a good opportunity for shallow characters who…
Barring that indolent title, this was definitely a brilliant journey which was surprisingly pleasant. How seven elderly English people from different walks of life, cope up with the ways of India, while staying at a newly restituted hotel run by a naive and dreamy young lad, and how their life alters after the prolonged stay at the hotel which is also at the verge of closing down, forms the crux of the plot. Despite the usual cliches while depicting India in an English movie, it has a fair amount of nobleness in its writing which shows the bright side of living in India, than movies like 'Slumdog Millionaire' which riveted more on the dark side. The acting from the whole ensemble cast was stupendous, among which Judi Dench stands out by a mile. Overall, a meaningful feel-good movie from John Madden with some profound wisdom, which will definitely keep you smiling all along its running time.
Honestly, I didn't care for anything at all in this movie and just begged for it to be over.
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