Friday, May 25, 2012

Movie Review: "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel"

Director John Madden's The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is more than just a film with a lengthy title, but rather a film about second chances at life.  A group of British senior citizens, who are all at a crossroads in life, move to India, to stay at what appears to be the greatest resort India has to offer, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, until they actually get there and realize that the future is never what you think it will be.  The true joy of this film is seeing the perennial who's who of British actors play off of one another, from the exemplary Judi Dench, who anchors the entire movie, to Maggie Smith, Tom Wilkinson, and Bill Nighy, all in tip top shape.  The film is charming because of these actors' performances, and it's what makes this film worth watching.  By having to juggle so many characters and storylines, director John Madden has his hands full and does more than a capable job, taking enough time with each character to flesh out their stories.  While The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is not a groundbreaking film that will have you singing its praises for years to come, it's moving and highly enjoyable, with a smile on your face at the end that cannot be wiped away.  It's solidly made entertainment.

I give The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel an A

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