The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
The world around us may be colorful, but to others, its frightening. This was how I felt the first time I went to Europe in my senior year in High School. Traveling to Paris, France, I felt overwhelmed. I’ve always wanted to go, but within that excitement, who would have guess that I became a victim of culture shock. The city was dirty, tacky, and only cared about selling souvenirs. That’s not to say I hated it, but it’s a lot for a first time traveler. That immediately fell through once my group to travel to the North. I loved visiting the castles, wineries, and especially the D-day beaches in Normandy. I have opened myself to a greater France then advertised. Having this experience made The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel a relatable story.
Though this story is for an older audience, I had fun traveling with the ensemble cast of golden year actors. I got to experience something more exotic and greater then I could have imagined.
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel revolves around several people as they are facing personal trouble in England. Muriel (played by Maggie Smith) is a racist, grouchy woman who needs a hip surgery. She is the most old fashioned of the group. Norman (Ronald Pickup) is looking to relieve his youthful years by making the most of everything (including sex). Douglas and Jean (Bill Nightly and Penelope Wilton) have lost their money in their daughter’s dot-com business and is obviously loosing the spark of their thirty-nine year marriage. Graham (Tom Wilkinson) is a recently retired high court judge who declared, “Today’s the day”. The star of these people is Evelyn (Judith Dench) who has lost her husband and has sold her house to pay off his debts. These people are not enjoying their retirements as they thought and need something different. It’s off to India.
All these people decide to “outsource” their retirement by moving into a recently opened hotel for the elderly. Once there, they are thrown into the hustling rhythms of the Arabia. They eventually escape Delhi, but their hotel isn’t much better. The hotel’s dilapidated, doesn’t have working phones, and is inexperienced. Running this home is Sonny, played by Dev Patel, known for his Slumdog Millionaire role. Overoptimistic, he does everything he can to make his guests happy.
Each character explores the country in their special way. Evelen gets a job at a call center to improve the attitudes of the callers. Graham tries to find his own neighborhood home. They all do their own thing, but Muriel’s story was my favorite. Being the bigot she is, she is reluctant to see India. This changes when she recognizes the kindness of the hotel cleaner. From that point on, the colors of the land find their way into the hearts of the people. They prove that you’re never too old to change yourself for the better.
I understand if you think that this is for old people. But give it a chance. You may find yourself relating to these people more then you think.
This deserves four sunsets over the Indian temple out of five. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is one trip that your gonna talk about for a while. What a beautiful looking movie!