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THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL

An absolutely wondrous cinematic experience and a heart tugging story is director John Maddens THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL. Watching the trailer to movies is a habit I try to quit but it’s like the bad habit of smoking. It isn’t all that easy to give up and stick by. Never the less I was not able to grab a glimpse of the trailer to THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL and my expectations were that in line with COUPLES RETREAT with a veteran cast. The artwork used for publicity is so colorful that one can easily mistake it for a prop that fell of the AUSTIN POWERS wagon.

Instead of a colorful resort the viewer is transported in the Madden vehicle over to India. Over to the newly restored THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL which is light years away from ever being able to live up to the standards that it has advertised. THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL for the elderly and beautiful is managed by Sonny Kapoor (Dev Patel). Sonny is an ambitious lad who has renovated his father’s old hotel and is thriving to build on the business by outsourcing the idea of retirement in India. His first groups of guests are 7 British retirees who travel to India to spend their autumn years and bask in the glory of the nature of India and to finally relax after years of hard work and turmoil. What they find out is that Sonny has gone out on a limb in advertising his hotel and had focused on advertising the hotel what it will be rather than what it exactly is  right now.

The beauty of THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL is how the groups of people adapt to living in this new land and how some of them begin to love the new life of retirement while a certain few simply are stubborn and prefer to remain aristocratic even though such a life style is beyond what they can afford.

From where I am seated my understanding of Oscar Nominated director John Maddens approach to the message is that we all grow old and we all will have to deal with it the way we can when the time does arrive. THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL is simply an idea that we all have of our future and our retirement. However when the time comes will that place be the place that we all dream and work towards everyday of our youthful life. Will it be the place I go to die? Will it be the place I go to find meaning for my life? Will it be the place I go to find someone special since I have been living my life all by self?

To each question stated above there is a character written into THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL by Olive Parker. An absolute wizard with creativity and unorthodox storylines related to reality and facts. Unlike a creative script of Time Travel, Aliens or Greek Gods coming to earth to fight our battles Olive Parker gets creative within the realms of human control. Magically written and brilliantly directed there is only but the cherry on the top left for me to pen down.

The absolutely versatile star veteran cast. Maggie Smith, Judie Dench, Bill Nighy, Penelope Wilton, Ronald Pickup, Celia Imrie and Tom Wilkinson are each uniquely given a character that grows and builds with the viewers during the 124 minutes. The direction, writing and the acting is ever so well paced that no character is entirely exposed and there is always growth during the 124 minutes. Even the last 10 minutes of the movie shows certain characters yet developing. They are not adapting to circumstances, but they develop to be better people and live life on their own terms. They will grow on you until the end credit begin to role up the screen.

As I said this is a brilliant movie for the young and the old and certainly has great value and great learning’s for both generations. Coming from the younger generation I would like to end this piece with a note to the younger readers and viewers.

“As we grow bolder our parents grow older –Watch over them”

TITLE: THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL

DIRECTED BY: JOHN MADDEN

STARRING: MAGGIE SMITH, JUDIE DENCH, BILL NIGHY,PENELOPE WILTON, RONALD PICKUP,CELIA IMRIE, DEV PATEL AND TOM WILKINSON

RATED: PG 13

RATING: 08/10

124 MINUTES

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