Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Movie Review: The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

I’m a huge fan of British actresses Judi Dench and Maggie Smith, so when I heard they were starring in a new film together, I knew I had to see it. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel tells the story of seven senior citizens who all decide, for various reasons, to uproot themselves in England and move to India! They are all at a crossroads in their lives, and moving to India seems like an appropriate response when they see advertisements for the newly remodeled hotel, which promises to be a paradise for seniors. Unfortunately, the reality turns out to be much different!

Not only is the hotel in horrible disrepair, but all of the Brits are launched into a severe case of culture shock! The streets teem with people, bicycles, and even camels. Poverty is more evident than they had expected. And, of course, their ramshackle accommodations leave much to be desired. Amid this confusion, everyone must deal with the realization that, thus far, their lives haven’t turned out the way they had hoped, and this could be their last chance to make something good come out of this experience. Some of them jump right in to their new lives; others tread cautiously. One woman decides this just isn’t the right choice for her.

In The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, the acting, of course, is fantastic. All of the cast members are seasoned actors whom you’ll surely recognize if you watch British film or TV. The Indian actors are also superb, and you’ll recognize Dev Patel from Slumdog Millionaire. The movie was actually filmed in India, not on a film set, so you feel like you are right on location with the actors, experiencing India for the very first time. It’s easy to understand the seniors’ various reactions to their surroundings. I highly recommend The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, and I hope you’ll pick up a copy on DVD or Blu-Ray!

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