“The Exotic Marigold Hotel” (2012) Guest Movie Review
Hello, all! First. I want to thank Will for allowing me to be a guest blogger here on MediArray, and thank you to all the fans and followers!
My first review is of the newer dramatic comedy, “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.” I was skeptical of this film at first, but it was a pleasant surprise that both my mother and I enjoyed immensely, since it was somewhat of a chick flick.
Unlike the usual, so-called “chick flick” filled with soppy love scenes and magical or miraculous occurrences of events, “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” has a more unique storyline, with a group of British retirees traveling all the way to India for various reasons to take residence in the believed to be luxurious Marigold Hotel. However, they soon find out that it’s not as luxurious as they had imagined, but brings joy and unfound clarity to many of its residents.
The plot first focuses briefly on the various back-stories of each of the retirees, giving you some insight into their desire to travel to India. However as the plot continues in India, we see deeper into the psyches of the retirees and their real desires. How they handle their new surroundings and experiences gives us an even deeper view into the various feelings and personal struggles of the characters. The way the characters evolve makes us become more deeply connected to them and their happiness in their new environment. There is also a wonderful sentiment at the end of the movie that helps give additional meaning to the motives and actions of many of the retirees.
The wonderful acting done by the majority of the main characters carries the plot heavily. Judi Dench, Maggie Smith and Tom Wilkinson, to name a few, truly capture their characters and carry this film, making it the enjoyable cinematic experience that it is. Another wonderful aspect to the movie is the sound track. It truly captures the feelings of each scene, from the noisy Indian street scenes to the many heart to heart conversations and attractions between various characters.
Though the movie was enjoyable, there were some areas where it was lacking. It is categorized as a comedy and drama, but the comedy half was very lacking. The few times that we did chuckle, they were slightly and already advertised in the various previews, making you expect more laughs than you really get. Also, the story is somewhat predictable. There were some unexpected plot twists that added to the storyline, but many other times I at least had an idea of what would be occurring next.
In the end, ‘The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” was a light, delightful film that was entertaining. It was full of wonderful acting and a lively soundtrack and wonderful camera work that truly brought the film together to make it enjoyable. Is it a best picture? Not even close. Enjoyable? Yes. For a light film with your girlfriends or female relatives, this one is a good fit.
Final Score: 6.7/10
Hope you all enjoyed my first guest review here on Media Array and I hope this is the first of many. :)