The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

by M. Polier

THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL/TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX

U.S. Release Date: May 4, 2012

Genre/Rating/Runningtime: Dramedy/PG-13/124 mins

DIRECTOR: JOHN MADDEN

STARRING:  JUDI DENCH, MAGGIE SMITH, TOM WILKENSON, DEV PATEL

PROS

  • Expertly crafted story that takes you on a multifaceted magic carpet ride.
  • Story and characters twist and turn in most surprising and delightful ways (not to spoil any of it.)
  • It is India in living color.  Glorious.  Uplifting.  Fearless cinematic storytelling show fearful characters, every one of them, overcoming and besting themselves.

CONS

  • I hate to have to say it…but the truth is the two Indian leads (we fell head over heels for Dev Patel in Slumdog Millionaire) are forced in this film that wildly succeeds anyway.  Maybe it’s cultural, but their naïve energy and  their inability to stand firm against their elders seems unreal next to the earnestness of the English elderly struggling for their lives.

FINAL VERDICT: One of those films destined to become a classic.  Reminds me of Merchant and Ivory at their peak.  Don’t miss it.  One of the year’s best so far.  Highly recommended.

QUICK QUOTE!

Sonny: Everything will be all right in the end… if it’s not all right then it’s not the end.                                                                                                                                     Evelyn: Yes
[It is builder’s tea]
Evelyn: , we dunk biscuits into it.
Sunaina’s Brother: Dunk?
Evelyn: Means lowering the biscuit into the tea and letting it soak in there and trying to calculate the exact moment before the biscuit dissolves, when you whip it up into your mouth and enjoy the blissful union of biscuits and tea combined. It’s more relaxing than it sounds.

Cousin Marisa said: “I knew it would be that good!”

Complementary Food: Indian dishes of all kinds…followed by tea and biscuits(but of course I mean cookies!)

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