At the movies: The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Seven British retirees decide to move to India for different reasons and, after responding to its web page, find themselves at a hotel run by the charming, but not very business savvy, Sonny. Sonny’s philosophy is that things will be all right in the end, and if they’re not all right now, it means it’s not the end. Of course, the hotel is not at all as it’s depicted in its ads and the residents try to adapt. Some adapt better than others and they all discover something about themselves along the way.
My friend and I like to go to the early showings of movies and jokingly refer to it as the “senior citizen’s matinee” because it’s usually the two of us and a handful of senior citizens in attendance. The theater was packed when we went to see The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and the audience was definitely older – we figured we were the youngest people there. After we finished whining about the crowd, we sat back and enjoyed the movie.
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is a charming movie filled with an all star cast. I’m not sure how accurate it was, but I did enjoy the peek into life in India. I also enjoyed the way each character reacted and adapted to the surprises and differences they encountered. They made me think about how I react to changes and vow to become a little more flexible.
I do think this movie will appeal to a more mature audience than Hollywood usually caters to and I really hope to see it succeed. I found it to be a delightful way to spend a few hours.