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Plot: A group of British retirees decide to "outsource" their retirement to less expensive and seemingly exotic India. Enticed by advertisements for the newly restored Marigold Hotel, they arrive to find the palace a shell of its former self. Runtime: 124 mins Release Date: 17 May 2011
Two Important Don'ts: DON'T miss this movie, and DON'T believe the critics (by PurpleAlbatross)
I agree heartily with all the reviewers here except "disappointed" because this is a GREAT BRITSH FILM for which the critics have not given hardly enough credit. I am glad I didn't listen to their "disappointment" and went to see it anyway. Sometimes it is critics that are the disappointment! The acting was tremendous. The setting of India was beautiful and perfect. The theatre was full and as most people have already said here, everyone was laughing out loud. It was like a great and funny and cleansing session at a cinema/therapist,that just washed over you, so <more>
touching were all the emotions and insights, so real to life ,you could not believe they were acting.I read one newspaper critic who said the characters didn't have enough depth. Well, no, it was a two hour movie, silly, and what you got was a vignette of 7 real lives, each of them facing the reality of old age in their own way.How wonderful to have a real movie about real issues that addresses them with humour and leaves you feeling uplifted. And how refreshing to have a film by and for the mature and senior members of society. To me the whole idea and effect of this movie is to fly in the face of the Western idea we have of old age somehow being something pitiful, to be feared, and if possible, to be glossed over, fixed up and avoided, so you can remain as young, powerful and appealing to your very last day, as possible.The movie opens up all these ideas to question and I am sure left many, like me, pondering. Why are over 60's in this country called Old Age Pensioners, when no self-respecting American would allow that? They are "Senior" Citizens over there note the difference . Why don't we look after and respect our elders? Why does the extended family work perfectly well in countries like Italy, Spain, Greece, India, but is a rarity here? And who is responsible for ignoring or marginalizing a whole generation of baby boomers who lived through and oversaw one of the biggest transformations in society ever? They were the generation that believed in a Brave New World, and many of them still do.A society that doesn't value the wisdom and experience of its elders is without foundation.Young and old,"every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the whole". Go and see this movie and think about it. And take your family. Great stuff.
Just got back from having seen this wonderful film at a packed cinema and I'm still smiling. It really is the most entertaining, colourful and uplifting film I've seen for a very long time. Apart from India itself - which is a star in its own right - it is the performances from this stellar cast that really make this movie. At times it was like an acting masterclass, but never at any time could you see the cogs turning. The central characters were all wholly believable, and to be honest I find it impossible to single anyone out, although if I had to, my vote would probably go to Bill <more>
Nighy. He is just superb as Douglas - the apologetic, hesitant, henpecked husband of the self centred, bitter, scolding Jean portrayed by Penelope Wilton, who is also excellent. There is one particular scene between the two, where Douglas, for once bites back - and the emotion from Nighy is just mesmerising to watch. When you add the likes of Dames Maggie Smith and Judy Dench to the mix, the delicious Celia Imrie, Tom Wilkinson and Ronald Pickup with an honourable mention to the latter, who brought a wonderfully rakish comedic performance to the mix - and you can't go wrong. The younger cast members and all the supporting players do an excellent job - but it is the oldies who steal the show. That doesn't mean it's an oldies film - far from it. I took my 16 year old daughter and she laughed, cried and loved it as much as I did.
Fist of all, anyone who has given this film a score of one and some have , obviously have no sense of humour. If they are in the UK then they probably watched the film at a free viewing like I did, as it hasn't been released yet, and they have no right to slag it off seeing at it cost them jack. Once it is released to paying customers, I can assure you that this score will go up considerably.The title can be a little off putting but anyone who has seen "Fried Green Tomatoes At The Whistle Stop Cafe" will tell you that a daft title is not a precursor to a bad film. Far from it.I <more>
came out of the cinema exhausted. The range of emotions this movie drags out of you, and the speed it does it, is incredible and I have to thank the scriptwriters and director for that. It is a while since I saw a movie that made me laugh out loud so much and so frequently. Dev Patel's character is one of the most likable you will ever come across but then all the characters, bar one, have characteristics that just grow on you.It's a shame that Ronald Pickup and the beautiful Celia Imrie aren't shown on the poster as they are just as responsible for the enjoyment I got from this film as the other "more famous" members of the cast.This is a great film that will have you crying and laughing in equal measure but in the end will leave you with that really warm feeling inside that you get when you have just seen a classic.Do not be put off by the title and ignore the current score this film has until it starts to get up to at least an 8.
If you liked '4 Weddings and a Funeral' and who didn't then you will love this film. The premise is simple: a collection of Brits of a certain age decide to spend their early retirement at a dubious, run- down hotel in Jaipur, India. This decision obviously involves a physical journey but more importantly, an emotion journey too. Gradually we learn the back story of these characters, and these stories are very fascinating indeed.An absolutely stellar cast are well served by an intelligent witty script with some killer one-liners which are guaranteed laugh out loud. Only <more>
occasionally does it get sentimental, but somehow this doesn't matter, because the seductive nature of India weaves its spell not just on the characters but also on us. It's good to see a film that doesn't treat retirement aged people as idiots. These people are intelligent, funny, curious and I would willingly share a g&t with them. An absolute gem of a film.
I am in that age group that is thinking more and more about what happens when I retire. If the story portrayed in the film can be regarded as even remotely possible then sign me up today.It was funny to the point that the whole audience wasn't just laughing but laughing loudly and repeatedly.I didn't care about the actors and actresses playing the roles, just the characters. There is racism, snobbery, love, joy and sadness in just the right amounts throughout the story.The movie is two hours of escapism with just a small undertone of moral fibre thrown in. It will probably make the <more>
move to DVD and television quite quickly; in this case a good thing for the right reasons.
A Movie That Will Stay in Your Heart and Soul (by JDahlNV)
This movie was an unexpected pleasure beyond all expectations -- it was magical. This is a movie that I never wanted to end. I found myself wishing that I could meld with the characters on the screen and live their experiences with them. The entire cast was outstanding in every way, bringing their character to life in such a realistic way that you forgot they were acting. I will see it again and again. I gave it a ten-star rating on IMDb, but that wasn't a high enough score as this movie is off every scale and can't be rated high enough. What a pleasure to experience an intelligent <more>
story with well developed characters, exposure to other cultures and to feel the enchantment this movie gives the audience.
I managed to see an advance screening of this film today and I must say, Dench, Smith and Nighy are just WOW! Smith doesn't have much on-screen time with the rest of them, but her portrayal of an offencive racist from the second you meet her on screen and the advertisement, so no spoilers, I promise is perversely superb. Dench is Dench, what more is there to say? Her amiable, loving persona, hidden behind the stubborn front that Dench plays so well, slowly starts to crack early on, leaving you free to really bond with this character. Nighy on the other hand. I have never found myself to <more>
like any of his work. I find him "samey and lamey". This however, really opened my eyes to how fantastic an actor this guy is! He was one of my favourites, I really felt I bonded with the character, so well done Bill. The superb relationship between the cast and character is phenomenal, and if you are a fan of Brit Comedy like Brassed Off, 4 Weddings or the Full Monty to name a few, then this is worth a viewing, it really made me chuckle and warmed the heart strings at the same time.
An amazing cast set in a terrific location. The trouble with having such an ensemble cast and seven main characters is that almost inevitably the characters are caricatures. Even India itself was a caricature – its colour and vibrancy played up, its dirt, squalor and poverty played down. Maggie Smith is wonderful as a belligerent old racist forced to go to India to have a hip operation.Judi Dench plays a stoic yet vulnerable recent widow who is unexpectedly left short of cash by her late husband on whom she had depended and trusted for forty years only to be let down by him after his death. <more>
Judi Dench can do no wrong as far as I am concerned even in this light role she can say more with a glance than many actors can with an hour of screen time.Tom Wilkinson, the only one of the group wise in the ways of India, plays a retired judge with a secret is reliable if not surprising. Bill Nighy plays Bill Nighy's standard character can he play anything else? but this time with a bit more emotional range than normal, he suited the role of a man trapped in a stale marriage who sticks with it out of loyalty. His attitude to India – embracing all it has to offer - differs significantly to his wife's Penelope Wilton , a real killjoy, and highlights the distance between them in their marriage. Celia Imrie is the hunter of wealthy men who assists Ronald Pickup an inept Lothario a brilliant turn these characters are even more thinly sketched than the others. Dev Patel is in danger of getting typecast and he does an adequate job of being a kind hearted by naïve Indian dreamer/hotelier. If I have any negative criticism it is the clichés: untouchables, arranged marriage, Indian call centres, over protective Indian brother, India's homophobia, happy smiling children begging for hand-outs Another reviewer states that no one will win awards for this: well true, but who cares? These actors have got sheds of awards between them and every now and again it's great to go and see a simple, feel good, laugh-out-loud, non-intellectual, non-challenging film. Two hours that passed by with a smile on my face and enough laughs per pound to make it value for money.
I want to be old, I want to be poor and I want to retire to India NOW! (by TheSquiss)
I loved The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and I'm not ashamed to admit it. What's not to like? Well, okay, at times it's a little predictable, the premise is wholly unlikely and certain aspects tie up too neatly, but then Shakespeare built a 400 year and counting career on such plots and it didn't do him any harm. More recently the same can be said of Billy Elliot, Notting Hill, The Lord of the Rings trilogy I'm sure you catch my drift. It loses one star for that but I'm not going to knock it.It's directed by Jon Madden, who helmed Mrs Brown, Shakespeare in Love <more>
and The Debt we'll gloss over the literary mutilation that was Captain Corelli's Mandolin and he's reunited here with the star of two of those films, Judi Dench. Not content with casting one of the finest actresses of any generation, he's gathered an impressive who's who of acting aristocracy: Bill Nighy, Maggie Smith, Penelope Wilton, Tom Wilkinson, Celia Imrie, Ronald Pickup and topped it up with Slumdog Millionaire's Dev Patel.For various reasons surrounding diminished wealth, health and happiness, seven British wrinklies decamp to India to retire and recuperate at the eponymous hotel. Unfortunately it doesn't quite resemble the brochure, lacking phones, doors, rooms They are thrown together in an experience that challenges their prejudices, makes them reevaluate their lives and, in certain instances, takes them so far out of their comfort zones that all manner of emotions tumble out of them. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is a film about dismantling and building relationships and learning new things about old selves. It's often funny, frequently touching, occasionally frustrating, constantly inspirational and thoroughly uplifting.One minor plot line is left unresolved for me, at least but the film doesn't end. It simply closes a chapter and so there is great hope. It may not be the greatest film ever but it has its place in the world and will probably earn a space on my DVD shelf. It is beautiful in many ways; the nuances of lesser characters, the touching honesty of principals and the simple, humorous and occasionally poignant dialogue all bring colour and light to the 124 minutes you'll spend in the company of this film.Beyond all that is delightfully scripted, the overwhelming beauty that floods through the film is the location. The decaying, crumbling ornate temples are magnificent on their own but the striking saris, the vivid blossoms and the heartwarming smiles rekindled memories of my own, all too brief and all too distant experiences of India. I recalled every sight, sound and smell and my mouth watered in recollection of the exquisite meals I ate in dusty cafes and vibrant streets and I wished throughout the film, on my drive home and in several dreams to experience, again, feeling alive in India and perhaps living there.I want to be old, I want to be poor and I want to retire to India right NOW! Another film review from The Squiss. For more reviews from The Squiss subscribe to my blog at www.thesquiss.co.uk