Everything will be alright in the end, and if it’s not alright, then it’s not the end.
With this film, it’s a saying that really has a meaning.
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel follows a group of pensioners as their retirement takes them on an exotic journey to India. Although the Marigold Hotel, managed by a young and inexperienced man named Sonny, is not quite what they thought, the experiences that they share will change them forever.
In truth, every role is perfectly cast and every role is brilliantly acted.
Every one of them has their own reason for being there.
Sonny (Dev Patel) is only trying to make the best of what he has, and yet, he has his own problems. Evelyn (Judi Dench) is their against the protests of her son, but, offers up the film’s main philosophical points, which really help you delve into the culture of India.
Douglas (Billy Nighy) is taking every exciting opportunity presented to him and relishes it, while wife Jean (Penelope Wilton) refuses to leave the hotel out of pure culture shock.
Norman and Madge (Celia Imrie and Ronald Pickup) are two people really in the same boat, they both want to have a good time and start again while they can.
Then there’s Graham (Tom Wilkinson), he’s familiar with India (having lived there before) and what it has to offer, but he has a deep and binding resentment, that only by returning to India, can he put to rest.
Admittedly, Muriel (Maggie Smith)’s racism is a bit too heavily relied on, but, the fact that it’s comedic racism shows you how anti-change her character really is.
With excellent performances from everyone involved, this adaptation of Deborah Moggach’s novel has done a great job.
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is funny, delightful and thoroughly heart warming.