PG) The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Fox Searchlight Pictures.
Running Time: 124 Minutes.
3 stars out of 4.
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is the surprise box office hit of 2012. It has grossed over $100 Million dollars worldwide, and has garnered some Oscar buzz for its screenplay by Ol Parker, adapted from the novel Three Foolish Things by Deborah Moggach, and its british star cast consiting of Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy, Penelope Milton, and Tom Wilkinson, to name a few. Without spoiling this film in my synopsis I will use the trusted IMDB to give a detailed and spoiler-less look on The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.British retirees travel to India to take up residence in what they believe is a newly restored hotel. Less luxurious than its advertisements, the Marigold Hotel nevertheless slowly begins to charm in unexpected ways.(COURTESY IMDB)
Now I understand that my age group is not the target audience for this film, but in my opinion films should be for everyone, so that is why I went to see this film, and why I partially enjoyed it. The cast is phenomenal, and with funny one liners, amazing depth, and great humour Maggie Smith as Muriel steals the show. Judi Dench and the rest of the cast is also very good, but Maggie Smith in particular is phenomenal. She deserves a Best Supporting Actress nomination come February.
This set design in this film is amazing, even the Marigold Hotel which is not supposed to be very luxurious is shot beautifully. India is photographed, very nicely, and I liked how director John Madden made the audience feel as though these were real people with real problems, who want to escape the real world, and leave for a luxurious and beautiful country like India. The problems these characters get themselves into, and the dilemmas they face are not only funny but heartwarming.
By now you are wondering why I gave this film a B-. This is because the film starts off funny, well paced, and quick. But after 20 or so minutes of the group being in India, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel drags in humour, pacing, and is still quick, but does not feel very quick. Judi Dench and the rest of the ensemble do there best to save this film from flopping, and if the film had not dragged in quality than my grade would have been higher, but a few funny lines in the beginning, and a so-so ending does not make up for the rest of the films flaws.
Also, I felt Dev Patel was trying to hard to make his accent sound real and true to the story, but to me it felt like he was overdoing it, and sounded like he was mocking the accent. Performance wise he was decent, but accent wise I think he came off as being offensive, and as he was overdoing it. The ending tries to pull at the heartstrings, and make you feel good but I just thought that it did not make sense, and was a typical movie ending cliche. At the screening I attended, it was packed and to my count there was only one other person at least close to my age. The other people in the theatre who were older than me loved this movie. They laughed at almost every joke, and just seemed like they had fun.It might be that I am not old enough to appreciate this movie yet, but at 13 I can only appreciate that it was not bad, yet not good, it was satisfactory.