The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2012)
Critic Consensus: The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel isn't groundbreaking storytelling, but it's a sweet story about the senior set featuring a top-notch cast of veteran actors.
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The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel follows a group of British retirees who decide to "outsource" their retirement to less expensive and seemingly exotic India. Enticed by advertisements for the newly restored Marigold Hotel and bolstered with visions of a life of leisure, they arrive to find the palace a shell of its former self. Though the new environment is less luxurious than imagined, they are forever transformed by their shared experiences, discovering that life and love can begin again when you let go of the past. -- (C) Fox Searchlight … More
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as Graham Dashwood
as Muriel Donnelly
as Evelyn Greenslade
as Douglas Ainslie
as Sonny Kapoor
as Madge Hardcastle
as Jean Ainslie
as Graham's Colleague
as Estate Agent
as Staff Nurse
as Dr. Ghujarapartidar
as Norman Cousins
as Madge's Son-in-Law
as Madge's Daughter
as Madge's Granddaughte...
as Madge's Grandson
as Taxi Driver
as Evelyn's Son
as Evelyn's Lawyer
as Graham's Cleaner
as Douglas's Golf Partn...
as Airport Security Gua...
as Muriel's Physiothera...
as Young Wasim
as Public Records Offic...
as Rickshaw Driver/Grah...
as Boy Playing Cricket
as Rickshaw Driver/Evel...
as Mr. Maruthi
as Mrs. Kapoor
as Viceroy Club Secreta...
as Viceroy Club Barman
as Market Salesman
as Tap Shop Owner
as Tea Room Waiter
as Doctor at Clinic
as Restaurant Owner
as Rickshaw Driver/Jean
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Critic Reviews for The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
It's a movie about finding purpose in life, late in life, that makes its point by first subjecting its characters to the most reductive grumpy-old-men/women shenanigans.
A predictable, sugary-sweet confection that thrives on the liver-spotted backs of its sterling silver-haired actors.
its difficult to sit through the final scenes without thinking of what Madden could have cut to earn Marigold Hotel a five-star rating.
Proof that even the young can mistakenly see the aged as elderly. Their bodies may have degraded, but their minds and spirits are no less sharp.
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is a true example of an ensemble piece where a group of veteran actors show that they are just as good as they ever were.
Audience Reviews for The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
"The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" earns most of it's praise from having such a talented cast, cleverly written comedy, and a story that will have people of all ages enjoying it's touching message of elderly people bonding, and realizing things about their lives. Having a running time of over two hours, it does feel it's length at times, but it is a very well-made film all around, making up for any slow moments. I have always been a fan of stories that involve multiple people from various locations all crossing paths and becoming the centre of the story. The cast interacts fantastically together, almost as if they were all meant to be cast, and when happy accident like that happen, great films comes from it. There are a few cliched feel-good scenes to get you through to the end, but overall, it is a highly enjoyable film with many great elements. "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" is a very impressive film for what it is.
This was sweet, with banner acting. Nothing too exciting.
For all of the criticism about this screenplay being too contrived and self assured, there is a life affirming heart beating here, and of course it doesn't hurt that the beating heart is in the hands of some of the best actors in the biz.
Sure, you probably will come away from this film not knowing anything new, but I know I walked away with a smile on my face. Yes, everything comes together, the guy gets the girl, etc. but at the core this film is about living - that it is particularly relevant to those of a certain age is irrelevant, as the message would be the same regardless of the age bracket.
The film starts in a rather shaky fashion, giving us the names and the impetus for each cast member to be heading off to India. Then you have the travel log bonding sequence and some slightly amusing culture clash stuff... but then slowly the film shifts gears and reels you in, giving each character a chance to breath and become more than a caricature, helped in no small measure by the superb understated acting of the core group of Brits. From the easy command and yet vulnerable Tom Wilkinson, to the henpecked gentle man portrayed by Bill Nighy, each performance has not a hair out of place. And heaven forefend if I neglect to mention the women folk: you have the two actresses from Downton Abbey, Penelope Wilton and Dame Maggie Smith... and for good measure, throw in another Dame with Judi Dench. All three are spot on and make the lyrical British script sing.
The film also gives a slight glimpse into Indian mores and values, from the remnants of the caste system to the arranged marriage and importance of family and honor - but that conveniently gets a wink, wink, oh nevermind bit of short shift from the script, as if attempting to bring serious drama into the affair would somehow ruin the lighthearted mood... but regardless, this film has many a fine moment and recovers from the shaky beginning to give you good solid entertainment and a life affirming, feel good mood that prevails. Not a classic, but you could certainly do much worse. As is stated several times during the film "Everything will be all right in the end and if it's not all right, then it's not yet the end" - a nice way to say keep on keeping on.
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel Quotes
|Madge Hardcastle:||One was rather hoping to fly under the radar, but one is a member of the royal family.|
|Mr. Maruthi:||Which member, madam?|
|Madge Hardcastle:||I'm Princess Margaret.|
|Mr. Maruthi:||It is most certainly an honor to meet you, madam. And may I say how well you look, especially taking into account that you died nine years ago.|
|Evelyn Greenslade:||Is it our friend we are grieving for, whose life we knew so little? Or is it our own loss that we are mourning? Have we traveled far enough that we can allow our tears to fall?|
|Madge Hardcastle:||When someone dies, you think about your own life. And I don't want to grow older. I don't want to be condescended to. To become marginalized and ignored by society. I don't want to be the first person they let off the plane in a hostage crisis.|
|Sonny Kapoor:||You see? Profound satisfaction. Such is the inevitable result of a prolonged stay at the Marigold Hotel. To create a home for the elderly so wonderful that they will simply refuse to die. Stare death in the face and say... What are those men doing?|
|Evelyn Greenslade:||Didn't you have a girlfriend?|
|Sonny Kapoor:||She is my girlfriend no longer.|
|Evelyn Greenslade:||This is a disaster.|
|Sonny Kapoor:||No, no. Then we must treat it just the same as we would treat a triumph, madam. Is that not what your Mr. Kipling tells us? Although, of course, here we have a problem, because I, Sunil Indrajit Kapoor, have never had a triumph. So, of course, I do not know how to treat one. No, all I've had is a constant series of disasters interspersed with occasional catastrophe, an unending stream of total...|
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