“Exotic” and almost the “best” – Review of ‘The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’

*SPOILER ALERT*

There is that rare recipe towards an enriching entertainer of a film. A light but well-thought out script, visual brilliance, a stellar cast and identifying the genre or audience it must cater unto perfection.

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A Veteran Cast in a refreshingly humorous film!
Image courtesy – Rotten Tomatoes, public poster

This film does precisely that.

When Dame Judi Dench and Maggie Smith are in a film, one expects raw emotion and drama. Bill Nighy, Celia Imrie and Dev Patel add comic timing to the drama and emotion, but it was Tom Wilkinson’s performance as Judge Graham Dashwood that touched me and I especially laud. A demure and resourceful ‘leader’ in the group of aging Britishers who seek an exotic adventure to escape from their near-miserable reality in England, the viewer gets the idea that his character has a purpose and a heavy secret to his visit. His story and his abrupt death in the film is so strong that his presence is felt right till the end, as Evelyn (Judi Dench) blogs about his thoughts, echoing hers as they cope with being reduced to ‘the grey pound.’

British humour of this kind has been missing in all the recent ‘blockbusters’ that have arrived from our former imperial masters! And to have it set against those very cliches and fears of an elderly Britisher travelling to India for the first time filled with stories of how India is ‘an assault on the senses’ turned out to be a laugh riot! I entered the cineplex prepared to ‘take offense’ at some of the India-centric jokes, but my mother and I could barely restrain ourselves to our seats, laughing so loud that much of the remaining conversation was drowned out.

Each of the ensemble cast has a peculiar trait that adds the spice to the story. Evelyn is endearing, Mrs. Ainslie is hysterical and Ms. Hardcastle is quirky yet resolute on finding a ‘single well-endowed man’. But their individuality blends in superbly into the group of aghast foreigners who slowly adapt to the dualities and complexities of India.

I know I ought to delve into what I enjoyed – especially the visual elements and humour, but I shall ask you to simply watch the movie at the ‘big’ screen instead. Its strengths outnumber the weaknesses in the plot so much so, that I was moved unto sharing my Review. First-time travelers to India must especially watch it to get a taste of what they might avail in their journey to the ‘exotic’ that is India!

For more info: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1412386/

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About Chiteisri: The Gypsy Diaries

Its a Fair Warning to all =) While there may be some things about me that everyone knows ... There will always be something about me which nobody can or ever will, figure out! But for a typical introduction - I am a former Law student from India, who is a writer and traveler at heart. I am 27 and have been to 28 countries (and counting) and this blog is a humble attempt at taking a part of my life, experiences, holidays, learnings and dreams to another world of imagination in cyber-space. I know that the world has its fair share of problems, and there is plenty to despair about out there. But I truly believe that this world can be diverse, plural and inclusive and yet one entity - humanity. I am the Dreamer, a lost soul - slowly finding her way back home i.e. to herself! I write. I read. I paint. I dream. I learn. I listen. I empathize. I travel, and no matter who or what I become - these I shall always do! https://chiteisri.wordpress.com/2012/04/11/defining-a-me-at-23/
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