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The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel isn't groundbreaking storytelling, but it's a sweet story about the senior set featuring a top-notch cast of veteran actors.
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As for the Marigold Hotel, well, it's not the Delano. But overall it's a fine spot to spend a couple of hours.
Basically, there's just too much crammed into "Marigold Hotel" for any of it to have impact. It may work as comfort food for old folks, but a bit less may have yielded a great deal more.
The movie itself is a mawkish comedy-drama-romance, but the astounding cast makes it feel like a night on the West End.
"The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" is an Indian dish for day-trippers. Lacking beef or sufficient spice, it's nonetheless colorful comfort food.
The old pros elevate Hotel's otherwise pat screenplay into that sweet spot where predictability fails to negate pleasure.
There's little that's surprising about the film - everyone ends up pretty much where you'd guess - but that predictable quality becomes part of the pleasure of watching it, like a book that's happily reread.
[The Best Exotic Marigold] Hotel charms while you're watching it, lightly pushes a few buttons (some unintentionally), and gives you little to chew on when you leave the theater.
Surprisingly enough, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel works. More than that: It's a sweet film about age-old crises that never feel old.
Distinguished British actors, assemble!
[Madden's] latest effort is saved from obscurity by a watchable cast... and some truly evocative cinematography.
Best enjoyed as a rare chance to see an extensive array of England's finest weather-beaten thesps - led by Judi Dench, Bill Nighy and Maggie Smith - acting up a storm at close quarters.
With The Exotic Hotel Marigold (2011), which oscillates between comedy and drama, the British John Madden confirms that he is an artisan who knows how to soundly travel through genres... [Full review in Spanish]
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.
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.
"The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" earns most of it's praise from having such a talented cast, cleverly written comedy, and a story that will have people of all ages enjoying it's touching message of elderly people bonding, and realizing things about their lives. Having a running time of over two hours, it does feel it's length at times, but it is a very well-made film all around, making up for any slow moments. I have always been a fan of stories that involve multiple people from various locations all crossing paths and becoming the centre of the story. The cast interacts fantastically together, almost as if they were all meant to be cast, and when happy accident like that happen, great films comes from it. There are a few cliched feel-good scenes to get you through to the end, but overall, it is a highly enjoyable film with many great elements. "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" is a very impressive film for what it is.
This was sweet, with banner acting. Nothing too exciting.
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