Grab some popcorn, take a seat, and check in to The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. Summing it up, it’s a smile spreading, light-hearted, feel good tender comedy.
I was sold on the cast alone: Judi Dench, Tom Wilkinson, Bill Nighy, Maggie Smith, Celia Imrie, Penelope Wilton, Ronald Pickup and Slumdog Millionaire’s Dev Patel. Add the beautiful backdrop of India to the stellar cast and dry English wit, and you’ve got a charming winner in my mind. The premise is that a retirement home is opening in India and offering a deal for the first set of guests from England. When the matured set of guests arrive at the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, it’s not quite as it was described in the brochure. Dealing with differing expectations, acclimatizing to the new culture and new stage of life, as well as the familial and personal drama with the hotel owner combine into a well paced movie that moves the audience alongside the emotions of the characters.
Rumour has it this could be Dame Judi Dench’s final film. It’s been said that her eyesight is deteriorating and reading scripts is becoming increasingly difficult. Such a shame should this be true, though a very sweet swan song on which to finish. And perhaps, like her character, an end to one chapter is just the beginning to another adventure.
Funny, touching, feel good, and simply wonderful. I wholeheartedly recommend this film to any and everyone.