The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel


Action / Comedy / Drama / Romance

Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 78%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 79%
IMDb Rating 7.3 10 83280


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Maggie Smith as Muriel Donnelly
Judi Dench as Evelyn Greenslade
Bill Nighy as Douglas Ainslie
Dev Patel as Sonny Kapoor
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by ianlouisiana 5 / 10

There is nothing like a Dame - unless it's two Dames.......

Sweet and naive J.Dench or sour - faced cynical M.Smith?That is the question. Both these formidable ladies play to their strengths here,comfortably stealing the film without breaking sweat. Although messrs Nighy and Pickup deliver their customary performances they are whistling into the wind. This is a slight tale of British pensioners retiring to live in India. Some find it Iiberating,,others vexing. There is nothing particularly entertaining or surprising on show but it is unobjectionable,almost soporific in tone. Quite why "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" has attracted such attention is not obvious to me. The apparent popularity of "Bollywood" to the main stream may account for this fascination,coupled with a jollop of post - colonial guilt . I can't help feeling that a more accurate picture of the British abroad can be gauged from "Benidorm". What The Garveys would make of Jaipur might be very different.

Reviewed by eric262003 9 / 10

British Acting At Its Finest With Excellent Locations

A group of elderly British people redistribute their retirement funds and settle in the more frugal, but exotic location in Jaipur, India. Under very convincing circumstances through the advertising, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel guarantees you you live like you were in paradise. However, when these elderly people arrive, the Hotel was anything but what the adverts said even though the owner Sonny (Dev Patel) provides optimism and great hospitality to these retirees. And though they were not given the paradise they were expecting, they soon start to garner life-changing experiences.

There are several themes to "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" which include follow your destinies, accept the changes in your life and memorizing famous quotes from Kipling are some of the many features to this funny, sometimes sad but mostly optimistic tale situated in the heart of the vibrant colourful landscapes of India. Based off of a novel by Deborah Moggach, "These Foolish Things", the lives of these elderly people are brought into an atmosphere that spells opportunity even if they have to go through some stages in their lives that are not always flattering. The gears of the story shift around taking risks and earning the love as each character must go through on their journey in which secrets come out, self-esteem comes with a price and acceptance is a must. It's an engaging film with subtle humour as it cools the heated climate as each patron goes on their initiative to search for happiness.

In the early scenes, we are introduced to the characters who find each other as they all check into India's Best Exotic Marigold Hotel where everything looks exquisite and luxurious and run by an energetic hotel manager Sonny (Dev Patel). We have housewife Evelyn Greenslade (Judy Dench) who had to sell her home to pay off her late husband's debts and serves as a narrator throughout the film. Former judge Hon. Graham Dashwood (Tom Wilkinson) decides to finally retire in a country where he spent his first 18 years there. Then you have the eternally arguing married couple Douglas and Jean Ainslie (Bill Nighy and Penelope Wilton) who don't have much money going for them because of Doug's investing went towards their daughter's internet business. Then you have bigoted Muriel Donnelly (Maggie Smith) who needs inexpensive hip replacement surgery pronto. Then there's Madge Hardcastle (Celia Imrie) wants to look for another man and want to escape her daughter's wraith of acting like a free babysitter. And finally Norman Cousins (Ronald Pickup) who denies his age and has a lust for younger women seeks India for a better catch.

Trouble wastes no time here as the seven of them wind up on a crammed bus after the pick-up bus from the airport never arrives and their luggage gets thrown over carelessly. To makes matters worse, the hotel the guarantees luxury and splendor is anything but. It's dusty, condemned, infested with cockroaches and phones that don't operate. But the cheery Sonny promises everything is going to be fine which in subliminal terms means no everything is bad, but it's not the end of the line and that Kipling's quote that even disasters can have its hidden triumphs if you think with the glass half full.

The guests each have provocative contrary looks and opinions about their surroundings. Graham who has more experience about India has his mindset on something extraordinary. Muriel feels she's in the threshold of hell and while Joan feels this place is a dump and is quite vocal about it. Smith has a ball with those witty one-liners she delivers and with ease especially with the news that her hip surgery is in six months. Jean complains about the hotel which gives Douglas the chance to embrace the smiling youngsters while visiting the ancient temples. And while Evelyn adjusts to her new surroundings, Madge and Norman are out soul-searching on their own.

What makes this story stand out is that just when we think that the guests have gotten their lives planned out for them, director John Madden pulls a fast one on us. The cinematography is quite realistic as we explore the richness of Indian culture and the bustling of the city streets. We can feel the steamy air in our nostrils and the markets and stands are providing us with intricate colours and gorgeous flowers blossom wherever you go. You can sense the aura of India as you travel the city by walking or by a rickshaw as you see peddlers, skinny cows and heavy traffic in the downtown core.

Every performer was excellent in their respected roles, especially from Dench, Nighy and Wilkinson and Patel was remarkable as a hotel manager who is in love with a pretty lady named Sunaina (Tena Dusae). The most memorable scene takes place at the call centre's stairwell where he displays his true feelings to her is funny. There's a nice balance of lightly done scenes and the more sentimental ones. Though it's for a mature audience, a little humour an inquisitive mind and bit of soul you'll find this film very enjoyable.

Reviewed by SnoopyStyle 7 / 10

great Brit cast

Evelyn Greenslade (Judi Dench) recently lost her husband and wants to do something new. Judge Graham Dashwood (Tom Wilkinson) abruptly quits to return to India. Douglas Ainslie (Bill Nighy) and Jean Ainslie (Penelope Wilton) can't afford a good retirement having lost their money. Racist Muriel Donnelly (Maggie Smith) needs a new hip. Norman Cousins (Ronald Pickup) is lascivious. Madge Hardcastle (Celia Imrie) leaves her daughter's family to find a husband. They all travel to Jaipur, India for their various reasons and stay at a run-down hotel run by Sonny Kapoor (Dev Patel).

It's a lot of old British folks trying to grow in a foreign environment. It's not anything outstanding but it does have great actors. They make this good by their will and performances. It has a light exoticism. It's not terribly dramatic. Each story has just enough revelation to keep it interesting. Dashwood is probably the most compelling. Without these mastercraftsmen, this wouldn't work.

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