The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

“Everything will be all right in the end. . . . If it is not all right, then it is not yet the end.” From the movie,  said by the young Indian proprietor.

Love the thought, especially at my age.  The movie is worth the price just for that.

Marigold HotelMy wife and I saw The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel a few years ago, probably at one of Philadelphia’s Ritz theaters that show off-beat and foreign films. This one, made in India, caught on and became an American hit, just as Slumdog Millionaire did earlier. Both star Dev Patel. This one also has the Downton Abbey stars Maggie Smith and Penelope Wilton. Judi Dench, a very familiar British comedy actress (As Time Goes By) whose name I never knew, has an important role.

The story follows a group of English pensioners short on cash, who have each decided to move into a newly-opened hotel in Delhi, India, to save money. The hotel looked magnificent online, but when they arrive, they find they had seen an old photo, and it is a dilapidated wreck in the midst of renovation by a young, frenetic, and very eager-to-please Dev Patel (whose character thought up the grandiose name of the hotel). The rest is a comedy of how they adapt (in varying degrees) to their very different life in India.

I recommend you see it if it comes around again, as it probably will, because a sequel, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, II, is scheduled to be released in 2015.  No explosions, no sexy women warriors, no guns, no robots destroying the world.  My kind of movie.


About Roger Walck

My reasons for writing this blog are spelled out in the posting of 10/1/2012, Montaigne's Essays. They are probably not what you think.
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