The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel for the Elderly and Beautiful.


MarigoldLast night blogging got sidelined while I watched this movie.  I seldom do movies, or indeed TV, so I was ready to get up and leave if my attention flagged. 

It didn’t.

This is one of the most stunning pictures I have seen in a long time.  I don’t intend to outline the plot or describe the characters.  One can Google that information easily enough.  What I do intend is to say that I can’t think of any other film where so many characters had such difficult parts so perfectly dovetailed and performed.  Whether the credit goes to the actors and actresses, those who cast them, or the director, I know not.  Probably, of course, the combination.

In short, anyone who likes real intelligence coupled with high entertainment value in their movies would be an idiot to miss this one. 

© Colonialist May 2013 (WordPress)

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41 Responses to The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel for the Elderly and Beautiful.

  1. Marco says:

    Recorded it over the weekend and I’m hoping to watch it soon – can’t say I’ve heard anyone moan about it. You lazy ferret you, lol.

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  2. calmgrove says:

    We saw this at the cinema soon after it came out and wish we hadn’t. Not because the film was bad (it was very entertaining) or because the acting was below par (can’t remember a duff role) but because of the cinema audience.

    Although in our 60s we were horrified at the sheer uncivilised behaviour of the grey-haired punters (average age well above ours). They chatted through the beginning of the movie, laughed inappropriately at the ‘natives’, rustled their sweet papers as they shared them around, demanded to go to the toilet at crucial moments in the story and then complained that couldn’t find their way back in because it was too dark…

    We’ll never ever again go to a theatre showing of a film aimed at an elderly audience: they were way worse than kids. We’ll wait till it comes out on DVD.

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    • colonialist says:

      That is incredible – all will have come from an era where some manners were instilled. Perhaps the whole lot of them have memory loss.
      The film deserves undivided attention without distractions.

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      • susanben says:

        hehehe yes manners seem to have left this world. Luckily for us we dont have a cinema to go to around here so I bought the dvd and its something I want my kids, who are also now grownups, to watch and appreciate and respect age.

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  3. adinparadise says:

    I’ve only heard good things about this movie, Col. Glad you enjoyed.

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  4. I will make a point of watching this one, Col. Thank you.

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  5. So glad to hear I wasn’t the only one watching and completely enamoured with the movie. I had so wanted hubby to see it but he managed to conveniently fall asleep exactly five minutes before it started and woke up as the credits were rolling at the end. Pfft! It was wonderful and I loved every second.

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    • colonialist says:

      I wager that if his sleep had been postponed for ten minutes, it would have been postponed for the length of the movie!

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      • Wouldn’t take that wager, because you’d have been right. I’m so disappointed that he missed it. However, my parents (who are English and would have adored the movie), also ended up missing it. Their mnet was down. I might have to get it on video sometime so they can all watch it.

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  6. optie says:

    Definitely one of the best movies I have seen. Lovely to see a movie that celebrates life and shows that we are never to old for adventure and new experiences.

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    • colonialist says:

      It appears I am really late in making the discovery – mind you, I don’t think I would have dreamt of going to see it on circuit had I noticed it at all, which I didn’t.

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  7. Kathleen says:

    I loved the movie too. 🙂 It was brilliant and so different. A big thumbs up to Mnet and DSTV for showing it.

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  8. 68ghia says:

    One thing about Brit movies – they look at things from a completely different angle…
    And all the people I can see on the picture are quite the cream of the British crop!
    I will look out for this movie – been a while since I saw something other than skop skiet en dooddonner!

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  9. Ruth2Day says:

    I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this movie. I’ve seen it a few times and enjoy it every single time 🙂

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  10. disperser says:

    Hmmm . . . “anyone who likes real intelligence coupled with high entertainment value in their movies would be an idiot to miss this one.” I think there is a flaw in the logic there . . . I just can’t quite put my finger on it.

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  11. nrhatch says:

    My favorite line: “Everything will be all right in the end. So, if it is not all right, it is not yet the end.”

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  12. Colline says:

    A film to put on my list then.

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  13. I also loved this movie. The cast is what originally pulled me in, but the storyline was just excellent. Thank you for the reminder. It’s probably been about a year since it was first released and I would love to see it again!

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  14. melouisef says:

    I always like anything with Maggie Smith as a rule – it must be mentioned that the book was excellent and very worth reading. A bit different of course but good.

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  15. bulldog says:

    This was an outstanding movie… love it to bits…

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  16. Sonel says:

    I am definitely going to watch it Col! It looks like a great movie and thanks for recommending my friend. I watched the trailer and I can see I am going to laugh a lot. 🙂

    *hugs*

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