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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…
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…
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.
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…
A lot of old people complaining about standard old people stuff . Accommodation is no good , food is no good , people are no good. Base this around a loose standard Indian love story , re arranged marriage vs love and a decrepit hotel . And there you have it. Movie is done .
Not much in it . The characters with the exception of Bill nighy, were unloveable.
Give the people what they want.
Not me. Other people.
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is a romantic comedy that brings together some of the best elderly British actors and actresses. This is a movie that not only shows the romance of our characters but also the beauty of India where this film is shot.
The movie stars an ensemble of English actors that we all know. Judi Dench as Evelyn who is recently widowed who must sell her home to cover huge debts left by her late husband. Graham played by Tom Wilkinson who is a high-court judge who decides to retire and return to India. Jean and Douglas played by Penelope Wilton and Bill Nighy seek retirement that they can afford. Muriel played by Maggie Smith who is…
Respectable for its sincerity, but so utterly banal, insignificant, and melodramatic.
53/100 - Mediocre.
Hard not to be put in a good mood by this movie, which featured lots of good humour, heartwarming stories, likable characters and story-lines that kept you interested.
Very good, just not amazing.
Wow, I definitely wasn't expecting that! When I first started watching, I thought I'd be disappointed. I mean, a bunch of elderly people escaping to India because their life in England sucked? That didn't seem too much like the type of movie I normally go for. But this movie turns out to be a beautiful surprise.
The characters that all seemed apathic to me and unrelatable at first turned out to be much more complex than what I first thought. Their background story are all revealed through this web that is The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. As the story went along, I started liking them and could even relate to a some of them! Each character had to face a…
A film expressly designed for the elderly, the cinematic equivalent of Last Of The Summer Wine, beautiful scenery, distinguished elderly actors, easy on the eye, easy on the brain, but it really needed a bathtub rolling down a hill. That said you've still got to love Dame Maggie Smith, well until she got all nice at the end anyway.
A bit on the melodramatic and trite side, but what a cast! So many veteran actors and actresses on the same screen, unparalleled in getting so many legends of British acting together.
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