film: The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

July 1, 2012

After much indecision on what to watch tonight we finally found The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and as neither of us could find any objection we gave it a go.  What a great little film.

Released only last year I hadn’t heard about this at all, but with Bill Nighy, Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, etc. involved it couldn’t be too bad.  The film is a story about how each of these seven people are dealing with retirement in one way or another.  They each seem to be struggling financially and 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 that it doesn’t fully meet the advertisement.

We gradually get to know each individual, what brought them to this point and how they face the changes brought about by retirement and moving to India.  Some are young at heart, none ready to give up while one is simply on a quest for lost love.  Meanwhile the young hotel owner has to face up to his own problem of love vs family and Indian tradition.

The cream of British actors make up an unbeatable cast provide some excellent one-liners which will make you laugh out loud. There is an occasional moment of sentimentality, but this isn’t laboured, and the Indian culture and setting make the movie visually stunning.

This is a fantastic movie and well worth getting hold of!