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The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel Reviews

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May 31, 2012
Overstuffed but pleasant and enjoyable. No movie with Bill Nighy, Judi Dench, Tom Wilkinson and Maggie Smith is a waste of time.
May 15, 2016
For those familiar with the "slice of life" genre of story telling, that is what this is. It is not everyone's cup of tea, but I happen to enjoy them. This one in particular utilizes veteran actors in the best way by giving them time to develop their own story lines in ways they did not think they would go. It is a delight to watch with a satisfying ending.
March 28, 2016
A diverse group of British senior citizens, played by a passel of notable actors, decides for various personal reasons to retire to a refurbished hotel in India, run by a local young entrepreneur whose ambition is bigger than his bank account. Each character has his or her own arc to follow, and those arcs are, for the most part, pretty predictable. But the scenery and the acting are excellent. With a mix of amusing humour and heart-warming sentiment, this tale makes for a pleasant evening.
November 21, 2013
Upon reaching the twilight of life, one's past actions or lack thereof comes clearly into focus and the inclination to amend these errors in judgment poses little consequence except resolution.

Adapted from Deborah Moggach's 2004 novel titled These Foolish Things, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel follows the path of seven retirees, each daringly confronting something that prevents them from being truly happy and accepting what could be the best adventure of their life; being elderly.

Where some may crave adventure, some connection, some assistance, some independence, some freedom and some a place where they are not seen as a live-in babysitter, being old should be a chance to achieve everything that daily life ever prevented you from doing.

Recently widowed Evelyn (Judy Dench) has always been a doormat housewife, but after having an insensitive conversation with a script reading call center operator, she decides to confront the voice on the other end of the phone, no matter where they be.

High court judge Graham (Tom Wilkinson) makes a snap decision to step down from the bench and return to place of his greatest happiness, his childhood home in India.
Unhappily married Jean (Penelope Wilton) and her downtrodden husband Douglas (Bill Nighy) are in the lurch after a bad family investment and need to find suitable retirement accommodations within a reasonable price bracket.

Tired of staying in each night and ordering take-out with the grandchildren, Madge (Celia Imrie) wants to go out on the prowl for yet another new husband in fresh waters.
Desperate-to-be-needed Norman (Ronald Pickup) refuses to give up on the idea of companionship, even if he has exhausted every dating agency in Britain.
While xenophobic retired housekeeper Muriel (Maggie Smith) is in need of an urgent hip operation but the waiting list is six months long.

The lives of these seven British retirees become intertwined as they "outsource" their golden years to a less expensive and seemingly exotic Jaipur, India. Each enticed by the visionary promise of a luscious late-years lifestyle to the stunning Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.

A shambles upon landing, the promised airport pick-up doesn't arrive and the travelers squeezes into a jam-packed local bus and arrival at the hotel is no improvement. Dusty, Roach-infested, lacking doors and telephones The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel for 'the elderly and beautiful' has deteriorated to merely a shell of its former self, haphazardly managed by Sonny, (Dev Patel) the enthusiastic but impractical young son of its late owner.

Sonny's mantra (a Kipling's quote) is simple "everything will be all right in the end... if it's not all right, then it's not the end". Although the new environment is far below expected par, each guest responds in a different way. While some embrace the light and colour of India's immersive culture, some hide from its chaotic hustle and bustle, but none can resist its life awakening essence and the positive influence it has on their lives.

Funny, bittersweet and uplifting, this wonderfully dry and delightful film crackles in the tropical heat of which it's set. The performances delivered, as you would expected from its veteran line-up are rich and believable and punctuated with a myriad of cleaver and snappy one-lines.

A particular favorite by smith is her response when told there is a six month wait for her operation 'I can't plan that far ahead; I can't even buy green bananas' and Wilton's response to the question how many husbands have you had "what, Including my own?".

The Verdict: As secrets are revealed, self-esteem is earned and destinies are altered, this mature audience movie is as exciting as tuc-tuc ride through rush hour. The story line possibilities are as spicy as the local cuisine, and although quelled to little more than mild indigestion, the mind is free to explore which path would you take?

Published: The Queanbeyan Age
Date of Publication: 30/03/2012
February 28, 2016
One of my favorite movies of all time!!
February 25, 2016
Well acted and interesting.
½ February 11, 2016
A slower paced movie, but entertaining and worth the watch.
February 22, 2015
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel ; It's not an action packed on the edge of your seat record breaking story but it is a sweet, fun and adventurous one. Starring veteran actors or better yet British legends. It is a clean cut comedy and drama about love, life and old age. This is a movie for the family to enjoy and I highly recommend it.
½ November 30, 2013
140405: Very enjoyable film that pushes 4.
½ March 23, 2015
It could be my age, but I do relate more and more to these types of films. The characters are quickly established and give you a reason to care about them on the screen, unlike many of the flicks I've seen recently. (Characters? How about another explosion? Or a car chase? More shiny things ...)

It felt much like an Act I. I know there is a follow-up already out, so that is next in the queue to see where these older, but not worn out, folks head next.
½ January 18, 2016
Im not sure if its really a cinematic 4.5 star, but just for the fact i smiled from beginning to end, and delighting in simple stories well told and better acted, it fully deserves it.
January 5, 2016
I loved this movie. The cast is marvellous and the story is heartwarming!!! I give it 5 stars!!!
½ July 20, 2012
Dubbed as the film for the elderly, this film is indeed a treat for everyone who treasures his life and is open-minded.
December 29, 2015
Not just for the elderly, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is a heart-warming family comedy. A few laughs litter the movie, although the basis of the story-line is enough to make it a pleasant watch.
December 10, 2015
Charming, witty, and insightful, with well crafted characters and touching moments.
December 5, 2015
They filled this movie with a lot of talented actors. Why couldn't they have found a screenwriter worthy of them.

The scenary is beautiful but it is too boring to care after a while.
Super Reviewer
May 3, 2012
Even if mildly refreshing and centered on a group of elderly people, which is something we don't see very often, this film is full of highs and lows, with a weak script that has too many clichés and artificial resolutions but is still compensated by a superb ensemble cast.
½ November 4, 2015
Predictable, cliche ridden with every stereotype imaginable, but still fun to watch. Could have been so much better but I'm not really sure why it didn't click.
Super Reviewer
½ November 3, 2015
There is a lot of content - the movie is set in and 'exotic' retirement hotel in India, and deals with seven Brits - how they got there and what they need in their retirements. It also throws in some complications of the Indian family that runs the hotel. It is a well-written story.
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