DVD Review: The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

An award-winning, all-star cast, led by Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, Tom Wilkinson, and Maggie Smith, lights up this “buoyant comedy laced with genuine emotion.” (Peter Travers, “Rolling Stone”). When seven cash-strapped seniors decide to “outsource” their retirement to a resort in far-off India, friendship and romance blossom in the most unexpected ways. Smart, life-affirming and genuinely charming, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is a “true classic that reminds us that it’s never too late to find love and a fresh beginning at any age.” (Rex Reed, The New York Observer).

Last Sunday, Michelle and I settled down with some wine, a light dinner of pitas and hummus and spinach-artichoke dip, and some fantastic dark chocolate, and watched The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. It was a perfect choice for one of our Moms’ Movie Nights, and we both enjoyed it very much.

It was so refreshing to see a truly well-written film full of older actors. All of the acting is fantastic in this film, and watching Judi Dench and Maggie Smith is a true joy. What talented, vibrant, beautiful women they are! Michelle and I talked about how great it is to see them aging with grace and dignity, and not destroying their faces with surgery and injections. Will we have any American actresses whose faces will still be capable of showing complex emotions when they reach that age?

The men held their own with these formidably talented women. I’ve always known that Tom Wilkinson is extremely talented, but it seems I’ve always seen him play the villain. I enjoyed his extremely nuanced performance as a man who has returned to India to seek forgiveness. Bill Nighy was also fabulous as a hen-pecked husband who simply needed to get some gumption and stand up for himself! (His hen-pecking wife was played by the woman who stars as Matthew’s mom on Downton Abbey – she was very good at making you dislike her.)

The basic idea of the film is that, as long as you’re still living, life isn’t over. It’s never too late to make a fresh start, fall in love again, start a new career, stand up for yourself. I loved it – it’s the kind of movie you finish watching and think, “Why don’t they make more movies like that?”

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is available now on DVD. I was sent a review copy from 20th Century Fox.

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14 Responses to DVD Review: The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

  1. Beth F
    Twitter: BethFishReads

    I need to add this to my Netflix queue. I know I’d love it. Great actors and great message.

  2. I’m so glad to hear this is out in DVD because somehow we missed it at the movies. I really want to see it. I love everyone in the cast and I agree with you that it is pretty hard to find such movies these days!

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Rhapsody – I don’t think it even came to the theater in our area. We only have a one-screen theater in our little town, and they stick to big budget pics.

  3. bermudaonion(Kathy)
    Twitter: bermudaonion

    I saw this at the theater and really liked it too. It reminded me to try to make the best of every situation.

  4. Sandy
    Twitter: youvegottaread

    My mom and dad saw this in the theater, and they wouldn’t stop talking about it. When my dad has opinions on a movie, doesn’t fall asleep, and keeps talking about it afterwards, this means something.

  5. annieb says:

    I loved this movie in the theater! At the time I couldn’t get anyone to go with me, so I went alone and that is pretty rare for me. The theater was full of singles and doubles, mostly older women. I am planning to have an older women party and show the movie with snacks, now that it is on DVD. I also read the book after seeing the movie and I think I liked the movie better.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      AnnieB – I was wondering about the book – I don’t think I’ll bother with it, then.

  6. Susan says:

    Yeah my parents saw this one before I did (which is something) and liked it so much — that I went out & saw & dug it too.

  7. Marg
    Twitter: MargReads

    I still didn’t get to see this. Maybe in the next couple of weeks.