The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel movie was a preview which I saw at a theater and just knew I had to see; it looked amazing and what a cast. Then I read a review at Wonders In The Dark and this cemented by desire. It was not playing in my town, even with all the theaters we have available, we still are rarely on the first run and seem to be about 3 weeks behind.
As luck would have it, I made a trip to San Francisco and had a number of daytime hours available to fill up. I found the movie playing at Union Square in 4 theaters at the same time and was given senior rates. I just headed right inside and paid up!
I try to see Judi Dench when she is in a movie and the cast was full of British actors that I find very skilled and interesting interpreters. Here’s the list: Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, Maggie Smith, Ronald Pickup, Dev Patel, Tom Wilkinson, Celia Imrie, and Penelope Wilson. There was not a moment of disappointment or too long a segment. There was humor, drama, and the story line just touched on exactly a number of the thoughts I have had in recent months about growing old and retiring.
Marigold Hotel is based on the 2004 novel called THESE FOOLISH THINGS by Deborah Moggach and has been very well interpreted by Director John Madden. It is about 7 seniors who for various reasons end up retiring to India and living in this old hotel. The hotel is one of the relevant seniors. The stereotypical expectations were modified by the gifts of the actors and how they personalized each scene. They are people with a lack of money, a need for non-emergency medical care, the desire for resolution to experiences, and folks attempting to define themselves within the boundaries of their current circumstances. The different styles that people use to tackle their life circumstances were explored masterfully.
I was so drawn to the story lines of seniors not wanting to be taken care of by their children and about remaining independent and in full forward motion. I thought the theme of caring for seniors was an underlining thread which society often layers down low, ignores and yet was exposed in a natural way by the film.
Many seniors develop rigid thinking patterns and often have their fears played upon; within this film these issues were taken up in both a serious and comedic explanation. I enjoyed seeing both paralleling within the story.
This is a film about success and redemption.
It is well worth seeing and I hope you will put it on your list. I liked seeing it early on and with the big screen experience because the scenery and filming in India was lovely. It is a big country with many facets.
For me THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL was a 5 ladybug experience.
No one neither paid me for this review nor extended any product, I purchased my own ticket and train fare.
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