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The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (Blu-ray Review)
15 November 2012
Excerpt: So it seems like this past summer had a lot of people heading to the art house theaters to see either Moonrise Kingdom or The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel , if not both, which mostly resulted in major praise for either one. I had never got around to seeing the latter and it was because I thought it would inevitably come off with me being down on the film for playing as how it looked: a group of elderly English people visiting a foreign land and having ‘hilarious’...
Excerpt: For a variety of reasons, a handful of elderly British citizens find themselves moving to India. Graham Dashwood (Tom Wilkinson, Michael Clayton ) is a lawyer who grew up in India and is eager to return for mysterious reasons. Douglas (Bill Nighy, Love Actually ) and Jean Ainslie (Penelope Wilton, Shaun of the Dead ) are a married couple who are forced to make the move for financial reasons.
Conclusion: There is something satisfying and refreshing about little films that don't focus so much on a complex plot, but tell an emotional and genuinely heartfelt story about likeable characters that are easy to connect with. That's exactly the type of film that 'The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel' is. You will not only walk away entertained with a warm smile on your face, but you'll actually have an upbeat and positive perspective on life.
Summary: With multiplexes dominated by 3D comic book spectacles, teen-centric horror movies, and expendable shoot-em-up action flicks, I imagine it can be tough for those over 60, say, to find films that speak to them. Yes, there's the occasional Meryl Streep comedy or prestige drama, but so few films are geared specifically towards those in their golden years, and it's even rarer still to find one that's actually good .
Summary: If you like films about travel, if you like watching film legends work together, you might want to check into “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.” Consummate professionals and some sharp writing and interesting cinematography make it worth the trip.
Excerpt: After his 2009 film Killshot made just $18,000 domestically, and his taut thriller The Debt suffered a long delay before its quiet Labor Day release last year, Shakespeare in Love director John Madden seemed to be a long way from his early 90s success. But he's back in the spotlight now with The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel , having already totaled $66 million in international release and headed to American theaters this week, with promises of tony old British actors,...
Excerpt: The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel , a comedy in which a group of aging Britons decide—or are compelled by financial and health problems—to spend their golden years in India, opens by cleverly showing the many ways India has already become a part of everyday life in the U.K. One character gets computer help from a company that’s outsourced technical assistance abroad. Others eat curry for dinner with the same regularity their parents would have eaten beef stew.
Summary: Bound to become one of the most talked-about films of the year, this whimsical ensemble comedy pushes all the right emotional buttons at the right moments. Even when you’re aware of it happening, the criminally good cast transcends the film’s flaws. From Judi Dench’s widowed Evelyn to Bill Nighy’s long-suffering Douglas and Penelope Wilton’s permanently dissatisfied Jean, each masterful actor sensitively portrays their character’s pain, desire and vulnerability, allowing...