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Great cast, poignant story,
This review is from: The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel [DVD]  (DVD)
Seven Brits of retirement age travel to a hotel advertising pleasant surroundings for older people, only to discover it's something of a dump...
There's a lot of humour in this film, and also some very moving moments. One or two parts are unexpectedly poignant, and much is thought-provoking. Criticisms have been made that the story is demeaning to India... yet the country is displayed in its colourful, chaotic glory; it's the stuck-in-a-rut lifestyles and expectations of the Brits that are more caricatured.
There wasn't a great deal of plot, but we enjoyed it very much. Not that one necessarily wants to think about retirement or growing old, but somehow that wasn't the main focus. Some of the hotel's residents gained a new lease of life as they discovered something - or someone - new.
Judi Dench is excellent, as always, but in my view Maggie Smith is the real star, transforming from an irritable old lady to someone observing everything that goes on, eventually taking on a very important role and looking twenty years younger. Dev Patel is also superb - and the whole was a great family movie.