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…
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.
nothing intrigues me more than a movie I would never choose to watch on my own. well that's a lie, everything intrigues me over a movie I would never choose to watch. let me say that when someone suggests a movie to watch that I have no interest in, my curiosity perks up and I think "I will never give myself this opportunity to watch this ever again because this is not something I would ever watch" so I watch it.
thus, the "old people movie" was watched. if I was really old, I would probably be moved by the choices the old people made in this. I am full of empathy for characters I can barely relate to sometimes,…
Film #49 of my June 100
A few too many stories going on here for any of them to get the attention they deserve.
Racist McGonagall was a surprise.
Great group of actors, especially Maggie Smith and Judie Dench. But overall pretty bleak and predictable. My mother loved it though! I suspect maybe it's for an older kind of crowd...
This is very good movie. I didn't expect how much I will enjoy watching it. exellent performance of leading actors.
¨Everything will be all right in the end... if it's not all right then it's not the end.¨
There is a scene near the beginning of the film where you have Tom Wilkinson, Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, and Maggie Smith all sitting next to each other in the airport. Just to get these talented actors together in one movie is an impressive accomplishment. To take them to the beautiful and colorful India is another. How can you go wrong with such a talented cast? Well we´ve seen it go wrong in Hollywood with films like Valentine´s Day and New Year´s Eve, but here director John Madden (Shakespeare in Love) was able to give each actor enough screen time for their…
I'm not the target market but I enjoyed it enough to not feel like I had wasted my time. I can see why this was such a hit with the over 60s however.
Another Golden Globe nominee I purposefully missed, this film is a reminder to old people that it's not too late to start living and is a reminder for young people that some day you are going to get old and gross and wrinkly. I would have liked to see more of India and its culture but the movie is entertaining and even heartwarming. It also did well enough at the box-office that they are already working on the sequel (They had to act fast on that though to increase the odds the cast will live long enough to make it).
The veterans in the cast act their hearts out, especially Smith and Dench and the cinematography is beautiful. Another great film from John Madden.
Wonderful, charming, heartwarming, exciting, thought-provoking, funny, marvelous and simply beautiful movie about life itself. And with some even better performances by all the actors. I am so touched.
Entertaining movie about a some of British elderly who are individually going to India where they are confronted with each others problems of live in an unfinished hotel. The movie is soft but watchable due to the quality of acting.