The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Let’s get the numbers out of the way. This February 2012 British film had a budget of 10 million US and a gross Box Office of 121 million. Not bad, not bad at all. So why is this? Well I guess a lot of people liked it, and frankly I am one of them, Ha-ha-ha!
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel was produced by Graham Broadbent, directed by John Madden, and it is a welcome film for sore eyes. With a wonderful cast such as Judi Dench and Maggie Smith, which by the way are two old-time super British actresses favorites of mine, including the likes of: Bill Nighy with its customary cynical humuor, Tom Wilkinson with a solid performance, upcoming and quite famous young Dev Patel (Slumdog Millionaire), funny womanizer Ronald Pickup, lovely yet nasty Penelope Wilton, exuberant Celia Imrie, beautiful young Tena Desae, and delightful Lillete Dubey as Mrs. Kapoor.
Cinematography is also quite breathtaking. It presents a realistic and fabulous India, which as it was mentioned in the film itself, is nothing short of an assault on all the senses, especially for uninitiated and somewhat sedated British citizens. I particularly like the subtle but nevertheless energetic camera movements which gave it, at times, a tinge of real life like documentary. The soundtrack was also quite good and it helped move the film along.
So as I usually do, I went to our trusty IMDB to check up on comments. As of this writing it has been rated at a decent but not eye-popping 7.4. OK, I started reading reviews from people that said that they hated it. And quite frankly they made a solid point saying that given the outstanding cast, this movie was way below par and that one should not waste the time and money to see it. Hmmm… well, being that I am not one to be swayed much by popular opinion and also, since I tend to be a contrarian, I decided to watch it, anyhow.
I waited to be disappointed, but instead I was quite pleasantly surprised with the film; so much so, that I am writing this post about it. I will not get into the plot. There is a good description in Wikipedia; just click on the link above. I did however enjoyed Judi’s performance and more over her voiceover, which is customary in traditional Greek drama; thus, setting the tone for the story. It was compelling and simply put, totally endearing. In the end I asked myself the question: “Am I the better for having watched it?” and the answer is yes!
So there you have it, and I hope you will enjoy it as well.
Movie Trailer (2012)