To be frank, I’m not sure how much LN readers really need to see my opinion of this film considering almost every showing was sold out at Plaza Frontenac this weekend. Nevertheless, I arrived for a sold-out show, purchased a ticket for the next one, and waited in line for 45 minutes, so I’m d*mned well sure I’m going to tell you what I thought. You won’t be shocked to learn that I loved it, because this movie is almost impossible to hate.
Meet the gang: We have Evelyn (Judi Dench), a widow with a trunk full of regret; Doug (Bill Nighy) and Jean (Penelope Wilton), a bitterly dysfunctional married couple; Graham (Tom Wilkinson), a gay high court judge looking for peace; Muriel Donnelly (Maggie Smith), a racist spinster in need of hip replacement surgery; Norman (aptly named Ronald Pickup), an aging lothario who just wants female companionship; and Madge (Celia Imrie), a woman who desperately wants to feel she is still young enough to land a man. All of these seniors have one thing in common: They all have been duped into believing that the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is a chic, newly renovated and affordable retirement community in Jaipur, India. Imagine their surprise and shock to discover a rundown hotel with peeling paint, no phones and even rooms without doors. Nevertheless, these lost souls decide to stick it out.
Just go see it, if you haven’t already. This is one of those movies that make you want to thank God for independent film. The acting—as you might imagine from the cast—is brilliant. The hotel may not be 4-star, but the film certainly is.
It's a 9.