An award-winning, all-star cast, led by Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, Tom Wilkinson, and Maggie Smith, lights up this “buoyant comedy laced with genuine emotion.” (Peter Travers, Rolling Stone) When seven cash-strapped seniors decide to “outsource” their retirement to a resort in far-off India, friendship and romance blossom in the most unexpected ways. Smart, life-affirming and genuinely charming, THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL is a “true classic that reminds us that it’s never too late to find love and a fresh beginning at any age.” (Rex Reed, The New York Observer).The 411 by Maria: I was excited to see this movie oddly because I love the title and with all those veteran actors things could be interesting. As a reviewer you just never know what you are going to get. My expectations are never high and I love being pleasantly surprised. This movie surprised me!
Storyline by Maria We meet all of our players at the beginning and find out why all these people will be heading to India to live out their golden years. Whether it is because they are newly widowed, looking for something new, receiving a hip replacement or a slew of other reasons they all meet at the airport and our story begins..
The hotel isn't quite what they expected and is run by a young entrepreneur named Sonny played by Dev Patel. Sonny has a vision and explains to his mother that he is "outsourcing old age" because "there are many countries where they don't like old people".
My favorite quote from the movie comes from Sonny who is always optimistic; "Everything will always be alright in the end and if it is not alright than trust me, it is not yet the end."
Actors: Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy and Tom Wilkinson are wonderful! Judi Dench as Evelyn the widowing who is trying to find herself, gets a job and enjoys the beauty around her. Loved her character. Oh and Maggie Smith as the prejudice Muriel, is one feisty spitfire.
Location: I loved it! From overcrowded buses, rickshaws, mopeds, and colorful clothing and buildings. The landscape is another character adding to the beauty of the movie. See this movie and be surprised!
For more on this movie see my post here with pictures from the movie basket that came with my movie.
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