Sunday, August 26, 2012

Jan reviews The Best Marigold Hotel


I can’t say enough good things about this movie, I LOVED it!  The cast was incredible, the screenwriting was amazing, the cinematography was, as Judi Dench called it, “an assault on the senses.”  It was full of memorable quotes, I want to see it again just to relive those quotes one more time.

As much as I disliked Hope Springs, I liked this movie.  The actors were superb and it was so unique, the sites and sounds of India were so vivid, it transported me to another world. 

What a wonderful adventure this was, not for everybody, but if you want to watch an excellent movie and experience a different culture, it’s a must see.  And it’s so refreshing to see a movie cast with older people who look “normal.”  No plastic surgery for these English actors, they have lived life and they show it, and it’s a beautiful thing.

They’re releasing it to DVD September 18th.

Here’s the synopsis:

A small group of British retirees learn that the life they want to live might not be the life they need to live after pooling their resources to spend their twilight years in a unique setting located in India. Upon arriving at the once-opulent Marigold Hotel, however, the eager pensioners come to realize that rumors of the building's restoration have been greatly exaggerated. But just when it starts to seem that the privileged seniors have been swindled out of their life savings, they summon the courage to sever their ties to the past, and embrace their new life with a sense of wonder and adventure. Tom Wilkinson, Maggie Smith, Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, and Dev Patel star in this uplifting comedy-drama from director John Madden (The Debt, Shakespeare in Love).

Read an interview with Judi Dench here.


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