The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
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An acclaimed cast lights up this witty romantic comedy from the director of Shakespeare in Love. When seven cash-strapped Brits journey to a retirement resort in India, friendship and romance blossom as they touch each other's hearts in the most unexpected ways. In the end, they will all discover that life and love can begin again when you embrace today and let go of the past.
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 143
- Fresh: 111
- Rotten: 32
- Average Rating: 6.5/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: Besides its sterling cast, its ace in the hole is its pungent depiction of Jaipur's teeming streets, which give an otherwise well-mannered movie a blinding splash of color.
Fresh: There are brutal truths about the declining years in Best Exotic, from loneliness to financial woes that can't be solved by getting a new job, but they are amply padded with comedy and cheery messages about acceptance; this is no bitter pill to swallow.
Fresh: A refreshing, mature fairy tale with a top-notch ensemble cast.
Rotten: 'The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" is proof that art-house films can be as cliched and soggily sentimental as the big-ticket items playing at the multiplex.
FUNNY, POIGNANT, AND SIMPLY CHARMING
In a crowded summer full of superheroes, male dancers, and talking teddy bears, it's a rare treat to find a movie like "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" sitting all alone at the cineplex. Boasting gorgeous scenes against the majestic backdrop of India, light drama mixed with witty humor, and an incredible ensemble cast of renowned British actors, this film is delightfully entertaining in all the right ways. The story follows a group of English retirees who decide to "outsource" their retirement to less expensive and seemingly exotic India. Bolstered with visions of a life of leisure, they arrive at the Marigold Hotel, only to find that the site has become a shell of its former self. Though the new environment is less luxurious than they expected, the elders are forever transformed by their shared experiences, discovering that life and love can begin again when you let go of the past. Although the premise isn't exactly groundbreaking stuff, it's held up surprisingly well mostly thanks to some terrific performances by Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, Maggie Smith, and Tom Wilkinson. Dench, in particular, is a joy to watch on screen. She brings great depth and sincerity to her emotionally wounded character, while also making her genuinely likable as a continually hopeful optimist. Dev Patel, in a charismatic supporting role, makes for another memorable addition to the top-notch cast, but unfortunately, the pointless side story given to his character often feels banal and clichéd beyond belief, and it ends up clashing with the central plot at hand rather than gelling with it. But I digress. Anyway, it's not just the brilliant acting that makes this movie an ultimately compelling and heartfelt experience. John Madden's calm, easy direction is cheerful and simplistic enough to appeal to many viewers younger than the film's target demographic, and the breathtaking visuals of India mesh with Thomas Newman's grand score almost perfectly. With its multi-talented cast and effortless blend of comedy and drama, "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" is an exuberant, heartwarming picture that works. Sure, the storytelling can get bumpy along the way due to a few predictable plot twists, but other than that, I can't see why this movie isn't worth seeing. Memorable characters, delightful cinematography, and a smart script. For a light summer flick, what more can you ask for?
I walked to the cinema literally out of boredom. It was a hot summer day, the neighborhood was quite, and I wanted something to do. This movie was the only one playing at the time, and what a surprise it was! I seriously thought it was going to be some sort of a "adult humor" so to speak. However, what a pleasant surprise. The story itself is fresh. The acting is simply brilliant. And the humor, GOOD. Its not so much a comedy, more a drama-comedy if I may put it that way. In retrospect, I cannot think of any criticism to say about the film. It entertained me...and thats what movies are all about in the end...don't you agree?
One of My FAVORITES!
This charming movie was Fantastic! I watched it over and over and over again! It is one of my new favorites! I love all of the culture mixed into this feel-good and uplifting story!
- Genre: Romance
- Released: 2012
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