Sonny Kapoor (Dev Patel) the ne’er do well dreamer in an Indian family filled with achievers, has come up with a plan to outsource retirement and lures a group of British oldsters to his “renovated” hotel. Expecting something luxurious and exotic, the group only gets half of what they anticipated…and a lot more.
I finished my pages for the day early one afternoon recently and rounded up Surfer Guy to suggest a movie. Since I’ve been swamped with deadlines, he was happy to see my face and instantly agreed. Later, he said he thought I meant we were going to watch The Avengers…but we both ended up loving this movie.
The ensemble cast was excellent. Having just finished with Downton Abbey Seasons 1 and 2, I was happy to see Maggie Smith (Dowager Countess Violet Grantham) again as well as Penelope Wilton (Isobel Crawley, Matthew’s mum). While the residents of the Marigold Hotel have “retired” they each want to find a sense of purpose in this new stage of their lives. What happens to them is poignant and funny and proves that growing older isn’t for sissies…and that there’s still a lot of life to be lived!
The views of India were beautiful, colorful and chaotic, though you don’t see much of the poverty that was shown in Slumdog Millionaire. This isn’t that kind of movie. There is romance in it and lots of humor and we walked out smiling. Our showing was filled with elderly people (lots of walkers and wheelchairs) and everyone stayed through the credits…okay, maybe because they needed to wait until the lights came on to maneuver the stairs.
My favorite quote was the one Sonny (hotel proprietor) repeated to the retirees: “Everything will be all right in the end, trust me. If it’s not all right, it’s not the end.” For the residents of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, who thought they’d come to an end, there’s lots of “all right” ahead!
Something I read compared it to Love, Actually, which is one of my favorite movies of all time. Not sure it’s quite apt, but does have a similar vibe and ensemble cast. Do you have a favorite ensemble cast movie?