Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Movie Review: The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Blurb:An award-winning, all-star cast, led by Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, Tom Wilkinson, and Maggie Smith, lights up this "buoyant comedy laced with genuine emotion." (Peter Travers, Rolling Stone) When seven cash-strapped seniors decide to "outsource" their retirement to a resort in far-off India, friendship and romance blossom in the most unexpected ways. Smart, life-affirming and genuinely charming, THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL is a "true classic that reminds us that it's never too late to find love and a fresh beginning at any age." (Rex Reed, The New York Observer)

Review: This movie follows the lives of a group of Brits who in their retirement years decide to relocate to Jaipur, India.

The cast is really superb with great acting by Judi Dench, who always brings life to any role she plays, Maggie Smith is a lovable curmudgeon and Bill Nighy will have you all falling for his poor husband role. Fans of Doctor Who will also recognize Penelope Wilton, who plays Nighy's wife in the film. Can I just say her character is enough to make you want to toss her off a cliff or something. God she was a cranky woman.

What you have in this film is a mixture of stories, like most of us are used to with films such as Love Actually and Valentine's Day.

The character's you can't help but love are Dench's Evelyn, a widow left with little but debts from her husband, Douglas, the husband that tries to hold it together, and Graham, the judge retiring to the place of his youth.

There are secrets and life issues all around. One of the best plot lines involves Maggie Smith's Muriel. She's a bigot. But as she recovers from her hip surgery, she undergoes a change and by the end of the film she's a totally different person. It is a shame the same thing couldn't be said for Douglas' wife.

Dev Patel's Sonny is another character you can't help but love. One of two young cast members, he brings a lot of laughter to the film. He's an eternal optimist, even as the hotel is crumbling around him.

It is a long film, a little over 2 hours, but it worth every minute. Sometimes good films don't have to be about 20 somethings. Oh and like the Hotel's sign reads, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel for the Elderly and Beautiful, and really that's what this cast was!

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