THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL (2012) movie review

“Someone once said, ‘It will all turn out alright in the end, so of it is not right, it is not yet the end.”

The casting is a delight from Dame Dench to Mr. Nighy. The scenery’s sublime yet honest. You will feel transported.
These guest are given honor from the moment they arrive, something they’ve sought and rarely found at home. Some take to the new setting, and some do not. Aging, though a theme, did not seem the center of the conflict. Finding love and contentment in whatever place and at whatever your stage in life did.

It’s a lovely few hours touring India with familiar british faces (especially if you are a fan of the BBC and of Downton Abbey, as I am). It’s unobtrusive. It’s not preachy. It’s not really a moral tale. Much of the humor is sexual and characters are not really out for redemption as much as a fresh start. At first it feels a bit Eat Pray Love-y in a less appealing setting, but it all grows on you as promised in the repeated line from the film,

“Someone once said, ‘It will all turn out alright in the end, so of it is not right, it is not yet the end.”

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  1. Now I must go see it! Thank you Stephanie! Gretcheb

  2. A sort and sweet teaser to the film. Well written!

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