The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Exuberant and exhilirating - scorpio6
The exuberance and colour and vibrancy and all the noisy,chaotic charm of India is captured in this splendid film.It is a feel-good film that will, I think, appeal to all ages.
A group of British people, in their prime (or past their prime, whichever way you want to look at it!)
decide for various reasons that they are going to escape Blighty and move to Mumbai to the splendidly titled (but crumbling) Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.
Judi Dench is there because her husband has died and she does not wish to live with her family,Bill Nighy and his dreadful wife, Penelope Wilton,are there because their daughter has used their life savings on a failed business scheme,Maggie Smith is there for a hip replacement ,Celia Imrie to meet a wealthy man
and Norman because he is lonely.Tom Wilkinson is there because he lived in India forty years ago.
The owner of the hotel is played by Dev Patel(of Slumdog Millionaire fame) but his good heart is matched by dreadful business acumen and the hotel is in danger of closing.
Maggie Smith is an insufferable racist who hates the place, Penelope Wilton is so bothered by the people and the smells and the noise that she becomes increasingly agoraphobic and will not even leave her room.Tom Wilkinson is a man with a mysterious past which is revealed and Celia and Norman are having a jolly old time.
Judi Dench is as always warm and lovable and Bill Nighy plays his usual casually charming self.
The storyline may be a little cliched or hacneyed
but I loved it !!!
Review published on the 19 February 2012 00:19
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