The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (Plus Digital Copy) DVD
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Directed by John Madden
Produced in 2011
Main Language - English
Countries & Regions - British Film
A wonderful cast - Judi Dench, Celia Imrie, Bill Nighy, Penelope Wilton, Ronald Pickup, Maggie Smith - plays out this life-affirming comedy drama about new beginnings, says Milo Wakelin.
This warm, engaging adaptation of Deborah Moggach’s novel These Foolish Things is a joyful celebration of life after retirement - and of the rejuvenating effects of trying something new.
Impressed by a glossy (if not altogether accurate) website, seven British retirees decide to swap Britain’s austere grey skies for India’s Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, a residence for “the elderly and beautiful" run by the irrepressibly optimistic Sonny (Dev Patel, Slumdog Millionaire, 2008). Needless to say, the Marigold Hotel turns out to be something of a work in progress: less Merchant Ivory and more It Ain’t Half Hot Mum, and Sonny’s fusion of Anglo-Indian cuisine keeps his guests quick on their feet.
Reading through the cast list, it’s possible to think of worse people to end up with: Judi Dench is elegantly sad as a recently widowed woman who has had to sell her home to pay off her husband’s debts; Bill Nighy and Penelope Wilton are, respectively, passive and aggressive as a married couple who’ve blown their life savings on their daughter’s internet start up; Celia Imrie is a sultry single lady looking for an Indian prince to sweep her off her feet; Tom Wilkinson is a retired judge who is chasing ghosts from his ex-pat childhood in India; and Ronald Pickup plays an aged Lothario who still has a lot of love to give. They’re joined by a gleefully cantankerous Maggie Smith, playing against type as a racist charwoman who has been referred overseas for a hip replacement (possibly because her local hospital wanted to get shot of her).
Shooting on location, director John Madden (Shakespeare in Love) turns the noise and colour of the Indian subcontinent into a character in its own right. It’s a real pleasure watching the film’s different characters respond to their situation, and what could have been a bog-standard Brit-flick blossoms into something sweetly uplifting. Dench and Wilkinson are outstanding; their characters come to India looking for love, and though they are on the same trip they undertake two very different journeys that will linger with you long after the credits roll.
Milo Wakelin on 21st May 2012
Author of 105 reviews
From the Director of Shakespeare In Love and featuring an all-star British cast, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is a charming, life-affirming comedy drama about life, love and new beginnings.
Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, Penelope Wilton, Celia Imrie, Tom Wilkinson, Ronald Pickup and Maggie Smith play the British retirees who who arrive to take up residence in a newly-opened retirement home in Bangalore. Despite its glossy publicity campaign, the Marigold turns out to be rather different from the refurbished luxury hotel advertised in the brochures. However, it soon begins to reveal some unexpected charms of its own, and the characters discover that life and love can begin again when you let go of the past.
Publisher: 20th Century Fox
Length: 118 mins
Aspect ratio: 2.35:1 widescreen
Cat No: 5020111000
Format: DVD Colour
- Digital Copy
- Behind the story: Lights, Colours and Smiles
- Casting Legends
- Welcome to the 'Real' Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
- Trekking to India: 'Life is Never the Same'
- Tuk Tuk Travels.
“re: Different versions”
by Dan Hunter on 28th August 2012
In reply to Nigel's review - I've checked this out and the Blu-ray DVD cut of the film appears to be the same as that shown in the cinema. The BBFC approved the same ... Read on
In reply to Nigel's review - I've checked this out and the Blu-ray DVD cut of the film appears to be the same as that shown in the cinema. The BBFC approved the same length of film for Blu-ray DVD (taking frame speed into account) and there are no reports elsewhere of this being a different version. Perhaps it was one of those occasions where it wasn't as good on second viewing as you remember the first as being?
“The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”
by greattree on 26th August 2012
I saw the film at the local cinema and really enjoyed it. Having recently visited Jaihpur, I looked forward to watching it again and bought the BluRay version of the f... Read on
I saw the film at the local cinema and really enjoyed it. Having recently visited Jaihpur, I looked forward to watching it again and bought the BluRay version of the film. What a disappointment.....Not as good as the film version with large chunks of the story line changed.....Why....I am not a great cinema goer. Is this a common occurence to make the film fit on DVD???It must be hell for the actors making two versions of the same story line.