The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel – British, Indian-Set Romance (2012)

Director John Madden unites the acting talents of Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy and Judi Dench to create this feel-good comedy romance. Originally adapted from Deborah Moggach’s bestselling novel These Foolish Things, the story of relocated British tourists in India attracts all the usual clichés of foreigners wallowing in an unfamiliar environment. While not deep or demanding, this comedy traces certain serious issues and makes for pleasurable watching.

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel follows the story of seven financially distressed men and women of retired age, allured by an electronic invitation to indulge at the newly opened Best Exotic Marigold Hotel in Jaipur, India. However the luxurious hotel is wreckage managed by young Sonny Kapur who has big dreams for the future of the hotel. As the hotel residents finally adjust to their exotic surroundings, the seniors journey on a path of rediscovery, love and uncertain emotions.

Ol Parker generates the screenplay with a brighter colour arrangement and tone, further reinforcing the vivid Indian atmosphere. Award winning director John Madden (Shakespeare in Love) defines the cheerful Indian atmosphere through a variety of camera angles and shots.

All of the performances in The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel are splendid, but the film’s two male stars are downright surprising. Tom Wilkinson always shows authority but we’ve rarely seen the vulnerability he displays as Graham. Bill Nighy is quick-witted and terribly funny; he reaches new and powerful depths of feeling as a man in touch with boiling rage. Determined and tough Judi Dench lets her love for India shine through her charming character Evelyn. Dev Patel   (Slumdog Millionaire) shows his outgoing personality and unrealistic optimism through Sonny Kapoor, the clumsy manager of the hotel. One by one, each character faces life-changing challenges, which entail that they either embrace or reject the prospect of transformation.

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is a warm romantic comedy with stunning colours, costume design and a broad assortment of well-known actors. “This visually splendid film delivers the belly laughs while holding afloat the dream that self-reinvention is possible, no matter how late in life” Sunday Telegraph. John Madden creates a remarkable adaptation of the infamous novel with complexity, modesty and faultless acting from the entire cast.

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18 thoughts on “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel – British, Indian-Set Romance (2012)

  1. I love this review! you really get this movie! I agree with you about Tom Wilkinson’s performance. After seeing him play Carmine Falcone in Batman Begins, it’s quite refreshing to see a different performance from him. It really was a great movie. Have you read the book? And have you seen Iron Man 3?

    • Oh gee thanks! 🙂
      I plan to read the book soon, it sounds very interesting. Iron Man 3 is at the top of my “to watch” list because everyone is telling me how amazing it is!
      Your comment is greatly appreciated x

  2. I agree that this movie isn’t life-altering, but still very enjoyable. I don’t think a film has to be huge or epic to be worthwhile. I think with less capable actors, this movie would have been a pretty big waste of time, but I loved everyone in it.

  3. I agree with what you said about Madden’s style. Particularly, “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is a warm romantic comedy with stunning colours, costume design and a broad assortment of well-known actors.” and “Award winning director John Madden (Shakespeare in Love) defines the cheerful Indian atmosphere through a variety of camera angles and shots.” The rest of the movie just wasn’t my cup of tea. Nice review.

  4. This sounds like a good movie to check out. Very nicely written review. Having Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, and Tom Wilkinson in the cast makes it more than worth it. Did you see Maggie Smith in ‘Keeping Mum’ with Rowan Atkinson? Very funny, check it out if you haven’t.

    • Thanks for your positive feedback 🙂
      Yes, such legendary actors is a great way to enhance the film don’t you think?
      Thanks for suggesting the film, I love anything with Rowan Atkinson!! I really appreciate it x
      All the best x 🙂

  5. It’s a movie about finding purpose in life, late in life, that makes its point by first subjecting its characters to the most reductive grumpy-old-men/women shenanigans.

    What About : The Best Exotic Leela Hotel

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