The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2012)
Critic Consensus: 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 Graham Dashwood
as Muriel Donnelly
as Evelyn Greenslade
as Douglas Ainslie
as Sonny Kapoor
as Madge Hardcastle
as Jean Ainslie
as Graham's Colleague
as Estate Agent
as Staff Nurse
as Dr. Ghujarapartidar
as Norman Cousins
as Madge's Son-in-Law
as Madge's Daughter
as Madge's Granddaughter
as Madge's Grandson
as Taxi Driver
as Evelyn's Son
as Evelyn's Lawyer
as Graham's Cleaner
as Douglas's Golf Partner
as Airport Security Guard
as Muriel's Physiotherapist
as Young Wasim
as Public Records Official
as Rickshaw Driver/Graham
as Boy Playing Cricket
as Rickshaw Driver/Evelyn
as Mr. Maruthi
as Mrs. Kapoor
as Viceroy Club Secretary
as Viceroy Club Barman
as Market Salesman
as Tap Shop Owner
as Tea Room Waiter
as Doctor at Clinic
as Restaurant Owner
as Rickshaw Driver/Jean
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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.
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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.
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel Quotes
|Madge Hardcastle:||One was rather hoping to fly under the radar, but one is a member of the royal family.|
|Mr. Maruthi:||Which member, madam?|
|Madge Hardcastle:||I'm Princess Margaret.|
|Mr. Maruthi:||It is most certainly an honor to meet you, madam. And may I say how well you look, especially taking into account that you died nine years ago.|
|Evelyn Greenslade:||Is it our friend we are grieving for, whose life we knew so little? Or is it our own loss that we are mourning? Have we traveled far enough that we can allow our tears to fall?|
|Madge Hardcastle:||When someone dies, you think about your own life. And I don't want to grow older. I don't want to be condescended to. To become marginalized and ignored by society. I don't want to be the first person they let off the plane in a hostage crisis. [chuckles]|
|Madge Hardcastle:||When someone dies, you think about your own life. And I don't want to grow older. I don't want to be condescended to. To become marginalized and ignored by society. I don't want to be the first person they let off the plane in a hostage crisis.|
|Sonny Kapoor:||You see? Profound satisfaction. Such is the inevitable result of a prolonged stay at the Marigold Hotel. To create a home for the elderly so wonderful that they will simply refuse to die. Stare death in the face and say... What are those men doing?|
|Evelyn Greenslade:||Didn't you have a girlfriend?|
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