When a group of unrelated Brits face the rising costs of retirement in the UK, they collectively find themselves on a bus heading towards Jaipur, India, and their future home, billed as The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. They each begin their journey with anticipation, trepidation, longing, and a sprinkle of fear and quiet resignation. We expect the usual “seniors experiencing inevitable adjustments” but what we don’t expect but readily embrace is the refreshing humanity each character exemplifies as they make the best of their situation and for the most part, embrace with cheer and optimism, how they view their last chapters.
It’s a refreshing look at common misconception that there is nothing going forward.
The young hotel manager is brilliantly delivered to us by Academy Award Winner Dev Patel. A glimmering vintage cast – Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Tom Wilkinson, Bill Nighy, Penelope Wilton, Celia Imrie and Ronald Pickup, all breathe unpredictable life into this well worn plot and reveal promises we seniors might otherwise overlook. It’s a lovely turn of events that will have you smiling all the way through the 120 minute film. Well crafted, beautifully executed. Don’t miss it.
As the young manager reminds us throughout the film, “You’ll see, in the end everything will be all right. And if it’s not all right, it’s not the end.” It’s just what we need these days…a happy ending. Enjoy!