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The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel / Benvenue au Marigold Hotel (Indian Palace) [Blu-ray]
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An award-winning, all-star cast, led by Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, Tom Wilkinson, and Maggie Smith, lights up this “buoyant comedy laced with genuine emotion.” (Peter Travers, Rolling Stone) When seven cash-strapped seniors decide to “outsource” their retirement to a resort in far-off India, friendship and romance blossom in the most unexpected ways. Smart, life-affirming and genuinely charming, THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL is a “true classic that reminds us that it’s never too late to find love and a fresh beginning at any age.” (Rex Reed, The New York Observer)
Some of the finest actors in England lend their formidable talents to The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, a charming fish-out-of-water yarn. The Brits, who include Evelyn (Judi Dench), Muriel (Maggie Smith), Douglas (Bill Nighy), and Graham (Tom Wilkinson), are planning retirement in a less expensive country. After "thorough research on the Internet," the group chooses what looks to be a grand, peaceful retreat, the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. It turns out that the bloom is off this marigold--it's shabby, antiquated, and as chaotic as the city in India, Jaipur, where it is set. Who can adapt to this very different retirement experience, and who founders? That question lies at the heart of the plot of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. The cast is uniformly superb, as the retirees bond and bicker and fall out and then try to encourage one another. And Dev Patel (Slumdog Millionaire) shines as Sonny, the barely-holding-it-together Marigold Hotel manager. Patel and Tena Desae, who plays Sunaina, his girlfriend, are charming yet face adaptation struggles of their own, in a modern-day India still tied strongly to its traditions but rapidly charging into the future. And the young Indians also seem to represent the energetic future, as the Brits represent the old world that's fast falling. At its heart, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, deftly directed by John Madden, is an uplifting journey, allowing the viewer to feel what the retirees are discovering on the screen. When Evelyn sighs, "Nothing here has worked out quite as I expected," Muriel crisply replies, "Most things don't. But sometimes what happens instead is the good stuff." The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is most definitely the good stuff. --A.T. Hurley
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Was a good movie, best to watch both the 1st & 2nd back to back to get the full story.
In India, the scenes switch back and forth to the various guests' activities which intersect at times, similar to many indie movie scripts. During this time we get to know the characters much deeper and see them change in a nation of contrast of old traditions and the modern era. The film touches on the caste system and prearranged marriages which are common themes in Bollywood films also.
The acting and script were top notch. The film contain the right amount of comedy, drama, and even romance to make for a delightful tale. Dev Patel, whose acting ability I thought was undeveloped in "Slum Dog Millionaire" takes it up a notch with this all-star cast. Kudos to Maggie Smith who managed to play a difficult character with perfection.
PARENTAL GUIDE: 1 quick totally unnecessary f-bomb with an accent, sexual references, minor back nudity.
Six stories develop and entwine with the struggle of the young hotel manager to make his business a success. Through a skillful weaving of plot the characters get what they need if not what they want. The acting is excellent and balanced by subtle direction, (any of the principal actors could have stolen the movie) the scenics evoke beauty from the harsh reality of the urban Indian landscape.
We bought the dvd and watch it repeatedly. Like all good fairy tales it does not dilute with repeated telling.
I was also pleasantly surprised seeing so many faces that I know from Downton Abbey. Still, while watching this movie, you get so immersed in the lives of these people that you forget them from the other show. Dame Judi Dench was my favorite. She was also the narrator of the story. A perfect fit for that she was.
I now look forward to watching the second movie. I hope it picks up where this one left off.
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This brave, funny movie hit home for me, being in this age group. Brought alive the sights and sounds of India, and
the courage of the little band of people who dared to be... Read more
Great movie. Usually sequels disappoint but this is a great story inethat moves seamlessly form the first movie. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Stanley F. Drobnich
I ordered this as a gift so have not seen it. It has been delivered.Published 3 months ago by Mrsm J. Drury