The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel Reviews
Saw this on 2/8/15
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel benefits from it's well played actors (except Penelope Wilton) and some moments of genuine emotions and laughs, however, towards the last 30 minutes or so, the film becomes overly cliched and melodramatic. It also portrays India in a realistic manner. The story of Sonny and Sunaina is the worst and it's nothing but a bag of cliches and bores one a lot with enforced sentimentality. Of all the stories, that of Tom Wilkinson's was the best. Even though the film portrays women simply as people who require a male protection, actors Judi Dench and Maggie Smith proves to out do them all with credible performances.
John Madden's movie follows the story of a group of British retirees who decide to move to India, searching for a more exotic, cheaper, yet luxurious place to live. Attracted by the advertisements of the Marigold Hotel, they all get one way tickets to India, but soon realize that nothing is as they initially expected. Confronted with the realities, their past, their own relationship problems and last, but not least, with a most ambitious young hotel entrepreneur, the British retirees have to re-discover their lives. Smoothly paced, partially melancholic and with glimpses of sharply written humor, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is a trip worth being seen if not for the story, then for the presence of Judi Dench, Tom Wilkinson, Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy and Ronald Pickup. All of them are a proof that even if the story is completely clichéd and predictable, if given some acting space actors like them are capable of changing a movie for the better.
In conclusion, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is far from being anything special, but yet it remains to deliver a formidable home video entertainment. A blend of splendid acting, drama, feel-good moments, good humor and melancholy, it offers a crow-pleasing content that would certainly touch you.