A small group of British retirees learn that the life they want to live might not be the life they need to live after pooling their resources to spend their twilight years in a unique setting located in India. Upon arriving at the once-opulent Marigold Hotel, however, the eager pensioners come to realize that rumors of the building's restoration have been greatly exaggerated. But just when it starts to seem that the privileged seniors have been swindled out of their life savings, they summon the courage to sever their ties to the past, and embrace their new life with a sense of wonder and adventure. Tom Wilkinson, Maggie Smith, Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, and Dev Patel star in this uplifting comedy-drama from director John Madden (The Debt, Shakespeare in Love).~Jason Buchanan
It's a old-people-comedy that only a couple of people appreciate, but for that, it's really good. The jokes are OK, the setting is really pretty and the actors do a decent job to cheer for them, instead of waiting for all of them to pass and just see the end credits.
4 stars only because the actors could have done a better job at the first half of the movie.
The cast chosen for this film is just fantastic. This "feel good" movie allows you to transport yourself to a different setting allowing you to completely immerse yourself and unplug a bit - a much needed treat with a busy task-filled lifestyle. Buy it, you will enjoy it !!!
Do you have a plan for your retirement? A condo, maybe? Las Vegas, Miami, Scottsdale? What about India? It’s probably not your first choice. But then it wasn't the first choice for most of the characters in this film, and they still ended up there. Wanna know why?
Evelyn Greenside (played by Judi Dench) is a housewife who was recently widowed. In addition to her grief, her husband’s death has left her with massive debts. While discussing her husband’s account with a representative of her internet service provider, she causes an abrupt change in tone when she informs the person on the other end of the phone, whose Indian accent is easily noticeable, that her husband is dead. We are later introduced to a High Court judge named Graham Dashwood. Dashwood (played by Tom Wilkinson) is on his way to the most recent in what seems to be an endless series of retirement parties. He’s dreading the event a great deal and, rather than suffer through the festivities, he simply says, “This is the day” as a way of announcing his own retirement and then leaves the party without another word. Next, we have the Ainslies. Douglas Ainslie (played by Bill Nighy) and his wife Jean (played by Penelope Wilton) are exploring a number of less-than-enticing bungalows where they might spend their golden years. They’d hoped for something grander, but invested a large portion of their savings in their daughter’s internet business and have yet to see that business turn a profit. Muriel Donnelly (played by Maggie Smith) is a cantankerous former housekeeper who needs a hip replacement but finds the wait, cost, and personnel at her local hospital unappealing. All these characters are made aware, in varying ways, of a seemingly beautiful retirement community in India named The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel for the Elderly and Beautiful. However, when they arrive, they soon find out that Sonny, the hotel’s young and enthusiastic manager (played by Dev Patel), has misrepresented the accommodations at the hotel. He neglected to mention the hotel’s shabby appearance, failing plumbing, and non-functioning phone service.
Now I failed to introduce two other characters in the story. They are single by choice and have come to India looking for romance. Without cluing you in to the ending, the film avoids the obvious cliché of the two finding love in each other’s arms while still allowing them to find contentment. For that reason and others, I loved this film. There are twists, surprises, happy endings, not-so-happy endings. All that merely punctuates the brilliant portrayals offered by a cast that already has many on their respective. The inexplicably optimistic character played by former Slumdog Millionaire and now supporting actor on HBO’s The Newsroom, Dev Patel is a constant source of amusement. See this film.
I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
A fun comedy that totally caught me off guard.
Yes, I know of all the talent on board in front of the camera (Bill Nighy, Judi Dench, Maggie Smith among many more) and behind the camera (Director John Madden, DP Ben Davis, etc.) and many great reviews, I still thought this was gonna be either one of those boring BBC-esque films that would flop hard here in the US despite great reviews, or just be a forgotten comedy just a year after release, but after viewing, it is actually a delightful comedy. Yes, the cast is excellent, the direction superb, the writing nice and fun and the whole atmosphere in India help shape this into that is perfect for just about anybody to watch and forget about the world for 2 hours. The PQ and AQ are very good with great visuals of India (Shot on film which gives it a nice grain veneer) and some good audio, but nothing is gonna crack the windows or destroy the foundation but captures the dialogue and fast paced Indian locations quite well. The only downfall is some mediocre extras which are EPK featurettes and some sneak peeks. No commentary, no documentary, nothing. Oh well, at least you can get it quite cheaply and have a great time.
I bought this movie because of the cast; I had no idea of how the plot would unfold. I liked the story and its expression of worth at any age. I was especially struck by one line, how the hotel was necessary because countries like the U.S. outsourced the care of their elders. In a very calm way the plot slapped the face of those who throw away their older relatives as if they reach a certain age and become worthless. This movie could have become a heavy drama however, the script kept it on the lighter side, and the cast created very realistic characters who brought life to the darker moments.
I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
These Oldies are Goodies
Owned for 2 weeks when reviewed.
You never think that a group of older actors can make a great time...but this is a hoot.