The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Posted on May 28, 2012


The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel – The name just conjures up deliciousness and the movie delivers with a stellar cast of mainly British actors, including Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy, Celia Imrie, Penelope Wilton.   A widow, a retired couple or two, a displaced housekeeper needing a hip replacement, and a couple others in their 60’s and 70’s who are not yet ready to be put out to pasture take up the offer of a free flight to a hotel in India advertised for the “elderly and the beautiful.”  Sonny  (Dev Patel – just as charming as he was in Slumdog Millionaire) is the Marigold’s manager and may have oversold the place a teeny bit since he sees it as it can be not just as it is.  He lives by the country’s saying “Everything will be alright in the end.  If it’s not alright, then it’s not the end.”

Riding around town in motorized rickshaws, the group begins experiencing India in all its vibrant color, with all its masses of people.  Tom Wilkinson (Graham) has come back to find the love of his life, the young man he left behind 40 years ago, only to discover that he now has a wife.  Each learns something, from becoming non-judgmental to knowing she “doesn’t want to be the first person let off the plane in a hostage crisis.”  No matter what your age, you can start again and life can be an adventure.  Go for it.