The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel: Movie Review by a Mississauga Chiropractor

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Just watched The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2011) starring Judi Dench (M from James Bond),  Bill Nighy (Love Actually) & Maggie Smith (Harry Potter).

Green (Judi Dench), Graham Dashwood (Tom Wilkinson), Douglas Ainslie (Bill Nighy), Jean Ainslie (Penelope Wilton), Muriel Donnelly (Maggie Smith), Norman Cousins (Ronald Pickup) & Madge Hardcastle (Celia Imrie) decide to outsource their retirement to India, where it is less expensive and seemingly exotic. They are enticed by advertisements for the newly-restored Marigold Hotel and are bolstered with visions of a life of leisure.  They arrive in Mumbai, after an arduous journey, to find the palace a shell of its former self run by Sonny Kapoor (Dev Patel), the young entrepreneur who dreams are bigger than his reality. The phones at the Marigold Hotel don’t work, the building is run-down, and the food isn’t to the guests’ liking.  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.  They discover that the hotel is to be forced to close, due to a lack of money. Muriel went out toIndia to have her hip done. She used to run a large household back in her day. She speaks to a builder, who agrees to finance the improvements if she agrees to run the hotel.  The hotel becomes a very good establishment. The other retirees remain at the hotel as residents, with the exception of one whose marriage was over.

This movie was just okay for me.  There were a lot of sequences that seemed to drag on but there was some light humour sprinkled about to keep me interested.  There were also various love stories in this film that covered many demographics.  The relationships that developed throughout the story was also well done.

Overall, I’d give this film 6/10 stars.  Check it out… Happy Viewing!

 

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