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I liked this movie a good bit, though it was kind of predictable. I heart Maggie Smith in every thing she does (especially as Professor McGonagall, where I fist discovered the goddess) so I was happy to go see the movie with my mom and grandmom when it came out. It is mostly a movie for older people because it's about retirement and how hard it can be to find the right place to settle down when the time comes to leave the workforce for good. It's something older folks think a lot about, I imagine. For me, it's not something I think I need to worry about just yet. Who knows, by the time I'm ready to retire, India just might be the most powerful country in the world. Mumbai is going to be the future of metropolitan living, so why not?
I wanted to like this movie more than I actually did, which I think may have been because there's too much going on for one movie to handle. I took my mum to see it because it seemed like the kind of movie she'd enjoy (about old folks in an exotic land) and I think she really did like it. It just may have struck a little too close to home since she once wanted to retire soon but now thinks it's better to keep working because of the economy. Anyway, I'm losing my point!
It's kind of like that movie "Outsourced" where an American guy goes to India and finds a whole new unexpected world waiting for him. The elderly British people in this movie are lured to India by the benefits of living in what is know as the Exotic Marigold Hotel but they soon find out that all that glitters isn't gold.
Oh how I adored this movie! It's one of those special treats from the UK that brings together so many great British actors and shows you a slice of life that you never knew existed before. I, for one, never knew that many elderly and retired Brits head to India to spend their last years. It seems like a no-brainer now that I think about it but until I saw this movie I never considered it.
The story is about various elderly British men and women who make their way to India in their retirement to see if they may want to settle there. Some of them love it and some of the detest it - but all of them are changed by the experience. They end up staying at a hotel being run by a young man (Dev Patel) who wants to restore the hotel to its old glory when his father used to run it. He decides that he's going to create the perfect retirement place for all the British ex-pats.
Judi Dench is amazing in her role, of course, as is Dev Patel and Maggie Smith. But the star of the movie is India, which seems to be a land like no other. At the very least, this movie will make you want to visit if not retire there. It's a mysterious and magical place, to be sure.
This is a great movie for mature lovers of thoughtful cinema. A group of expatriate and retired Brits go to India to retire. They come with their preconceptions of the land and the people and quickly learn how wrong everything they know and believe about India is. Some of them hate it while others love it - all of them, however, learn that the hotel they are staying at is much more than just another rent-a-night facility. It's a remnant of an old dream, being restored by a young man who wishes to see his father's old hotel thrive like never before.
The movie is definitely targeted toward older viewers, especially given its subject matter of retirees venturing into a foreign land that they have heavy-handed preconceptions about. The British cast is great, especially Judi Dench and Dev Patel, who elevate the movie above standard potboiler fare to something very special. If you like movies about real people grappling with real issues, then this is the summer flick for you.
Thank goodness film makers are realizing that seniors like to go to the movies when we are offered something other than vampires, zombies, superheroes, blood and guts, and inane vulgarity. On the day my friends and I saw this film, the audience applauded at the end. 'Nuff said!
I walked away entertained, and I'm not quite the older generation....yet (51). The acting was very good, and there was a fun, feel-good story line. Somewhat predictable.
It is a film about older people and I thought i will be not able to relate and enjoy this film but I did and I actually really liked it. I think this film benefited highly from an amazing cast who elevated this film and made it seem fresh and original. The film is flawed but like i said before the wonderful cast is able to mask the flaws pretty well. The film is quite funny and it inspires a more joyful attitude towards life. Overall, I had a good time watching this film and I think it is worth seeing in the theaters.
I did not like this film and do not recommend seeing it in the theaters. I think this film is aimed at an older audience and I just could not relate. The film was pleasant and mild and I was a bit bored. The humor was very mild and the plot was very predictable. I do have to say that this film has one of the best casts I have seen and they all do an incredible job with their roles. I especially loved Judi Dench, she is an amazing actress and proves that one more time in this film. Overall, I think an older audience will appreciate this film much more than I did.
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