The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

2.7 128 Ratings

Directed by : John Madden

Release Date : | Length : 124 Minutes

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The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel follows a group of British Retirees who decide to "outsource" their retirement to less expensive and seemingly exotic India. Enticed by advertisements for the newly restored Marigold Hotel and bolstered with visions of a new life of leisure, the arrive to find the palace a shell of it's former s...more


“A refreshing story and wonderful performances by the cast. Save a few cliché concepts, Dev Patel's bemused acting, and a slightly underplayed second half, the movie is a one time watch.”

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Poverty Porn

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TBEMH continues the legacy of films like Eat Pray Love, Darjeeling Limited and Slumdog Millionaire in packaging dirty poor simple Indians as the other exotic world to wide eyed westerners. The only redeeming distinction here is the ensemble cast the reads as a veritable who's who of British Film industry.

The film is about a group of British senior citizens who decide to spend their sunset years in an exotic dreamland in India (as promised by the brochures of the Marigold Hotel) only to find that the owner of the hotel, played by Dev Patel, has not exactly the same idea of exotic as them. They come to India expecting paradise, what they get instead is poverty, goofy Indians, racist co-senior citizens and a lot of trouble adjusting. The film is the story of how these people realize that more difficult than making the journey to Marigold Hotel was the effort needed to get them out of their cocooned lives and mental states.

The story of TBEMH is predictable, dreary and patronizing towards locals. Stereotypes inhabit every frame, every character is a two dimensional cardboard cut out and not really someone you would root for. India is , predictably, the exotic land of spirituality, dirt, immense poverty and third world- yet is also shown as a land that is changing, at a slow yet alarming pace, much like life is for these senior citizens.

Despite obvious cliche's, the film is watchable only due to the cast. Maggie Smith steals the show, with an immaculate turn while Dev Patel too impresses as an ambitious yet clueless hotel owner. The energy and warmth each character brings to his or her role is what really livens things up in this otherwise drab film.

Watch this on a lazy afternoon and you would sleep with a smile on. Nothing really would change if you choose to ignore it however.