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British retirees travel to India to take up residence in what they believe is a newly restored hotel. Less luxurious than its advertisements, the Marigold Hotel nevertheless slowly begins to charm in unexpected ways.
Director: John Madden
Stars: Judi Dench, Bill Nighy and Maggie Smith |
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2011)
Penelope Wilton (Jean) is reading Tulip Fever, a novel by Deborah Moggach, on whose novel the film is based.
24th February 2012
The film follows a group of British retirees’ trip to the exotic and unknown land of India and the plethora of well-known names making it almost a masterclass in acting.
Stars including Judy Dench as recently widowed Evelyn. Bill Nighly and Penelope Wilton portray a grey married couple (as they have been before in 2004′s Shaun of the Dead) Douglas and Jean, soon to be celebrating forty years together. Douglas shows a lust for the madras life while Jean is dead set on plain chicken and rice until the bitter end. Maggie Smith as Muriel, a crusty old lady in India for no other reason than a hip operation, as she can’t bear to think of a life without tea, biscuits and everything British. Frisky Ronald Pickup comically addresses the taboo issue of geriatric sex as Norman and Celia Irie as diehard Romantic Madge looking for a man. Tom Wikinson shows a stunning performance as Graham, a man whom lived in India during his youth, is looking for some closure following a gay lover affair and a peaceful ending. Upcoming actor Dev Patel shines a delightfully bright and youthful performance onto the screen as Sonny.
Of course the film is not without fault, the idea of computer novice Evelyn picking up computer skills so quickly is hard to believe, as well as her voice over being almost patronizing. I felt Graham’s character – although he was by far the most interesting was hard to believe and his death was all too predictable once you’d seen the same POV shot of the bird taking flight for what felt like the seven-thousandth time.
Over all I enjoyed the film. Perhaps it was my age that was stopping me from fully connecting with the main characters, but I had great empathy and understanding for them. the plot itself was not as predictable as I had expected – it provided a few interesting twists that I didn’t think to guess. It’s an inspirational, feel-good film with some very funny lines.
Older audiences can easily identify with the elderly protagonists’ anxieties and desires, such as Muriel (Maggie Smith)’s intolerance of any culture of her own and Norman (Ronald Pickup)’s young-at-heart attitude to life. As well as this The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel appeals to younger audiences through ambitious Sonny (Dev Patel) and his dream to restore and open ‘The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’ as his father had always dreamed with his girlfriend Sunania (Tene Desae), and the love he has for her that his mother doesn’t understand.
“Everything will be all right in the end… if it’s not all right then it’s not the end.” is a message that was uttered throughout the film and indeed, in the end everything was alright.