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½ March 15, 2017
An enjoyable story even if some of the characters are grumpy. And it's mixed with young love as well. It's easy to put yourself into the semi-desperate positions in which the characters find themselves. Plus there is the immersion into India's culture and mass of humanity.
March 6, 2017
I am so looking forward to viewing this I have already seen The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.
½ February 14, 2017
An alright movie with a pretty good ending.
February 1, 2017
I rather enjoyed it. Once of those, a bit slow films to watch in the evening when you don't want to watch anything with adventure or explosions.
Good story, I liked how it moved along and how the characters interacted. Happy bits and sad bits too. Good quotes and lessons to take away.
Visually it was ...somewhat charming I suppose. Colourful yet grimy.
Good acting too...but then again they had really good actors here.
November 15, 2016
I see this movie and it was funny and I liked it alot and I couldn't stop laughing.
September 15, 2016
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is an excellent film. It is about British retirees who travel to India to take up residence in what they believe is a newly restored hotel. Judi Dench and Maggie Smith give amazing performances. The screenplay is well written. John Madden did a great job directing this movie. I enjoyed watch this motion picture because of the humor and drama. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is a must see.
½ September 9, 2016
brilliant, feel good witty film
½ August 10, 2016
A good romp that didn't take itself too seriously. Good cast all adding something to the plot. Dame Judy is amazing.
August 4, 2016
I found it charming, funny, exciting, well-acted, feel-good, beautifully shot, and well narrated. Yes some parts could've been more in depth, but I really liked how they kept going back and forth among characters. A movie about older people is both bold and refreshing in this industry. Movie makes you want to go to India.
July 16, 2016
Collect old golds and diamonds, and put them whereever and it still will be golds and diamonds.
July 9, 2016
9 characters with 9 stories, each with beginning-middle-end, told with style and humor. Amazing. Well written. Oh, and has a point too. They rarely make movies this good.
July 5, 2016
This movie did have some charm to it, but I think it was a bit longer than it needed to be. I found long periods of time were going by where I was just bored. However, everyone in it gives decent performances and it did offer a few chuckles. It's fairly mediocre, but still somewhat enjoyable.
½ June 19, 2016
It is certainly a bunch of famous old British actors, but the cheekiness is cringe-inducing 99% of the time. I'll give it some points for cinematography and all that, and when they're not making "HAW HAW OLD PEEPLE" jokes it can be pretty good.
June 4, 2016
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel's plot is formulaic and lacks emotional depth - but it is compensated by flawless acting from its seasoned cast..
May 23, 2016
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.
March 1, 2016
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!!
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