The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

JOHN MADDEN

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  United Kingdom, 2011.  Blueprint Pictures.  Screenplay by , based on the novel These Foolish Things by Deborah Moggach.  Cinematography by .  Produced by , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  Golden Globe Awards 2011.

A sterling cast more than makes up for a forgettably twee screenplay in this enjoyable romp about love among the silver set. A group of seniors find themselves in downtrodden financial circumstances and discover that an appealing possibility for survival lies in taking advantage of an offer to stay for free at a new resort in “exotic India”. When they get there, they discover the place to be a run-down dump being operated by a young entrepreneur () who is absolutely certain that with their help he can turn it into a dream vacation spot. The characters in this adaptation of Deborah Moggach’s novel These Foolish Things then have their own subplots, among them  mourning the loss of her husband and then taking a job working for a call centre,  and  having differing attitudes on their new location that affect their marriage,  going in search of the man he loved decades earlier, ornery retired housemaid  there for discount hip surgery, and  looking to land yet another rich husband. It’s completely unimportant fluff, with the Indian characters relegated annoyingly to charming background filler, but it has its benefits:  listening to Dench speak dialogue is one of the greatest pleasures that the modern cinema has ever offered, and here you get the added treat of watching her listen to other characters, which she does with equally awe-inspiring depth. Sadly, she and Smith, the film’s best characters, don’t spend any time together on screen (which they even lament at one point), but they make it worth the watch.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s