The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, featuring Dame Maggie Smith (Minerva McGonagall) and Bill Nighy (Rufus Scrimgeour) released yesterday, September 17, on Blu-ray and DVD. After seeing the trailer, I was incredibly excited to see it. Unfortunately, when it was still in cinemas, there weren’t any in my area where it was playing. Today, however, I finally got the chance to see the film, and was it ever worth the wait. Click read more to see the review.
Watch the trailer here.
To say that this film has a lot of star power is a bit of an understatement, really. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel stars Dame Judi Dench (Quantum of Solace, Shakespeare in Love), Dame Maggie Smith (Harry Potter, Downton Abbey) , Bill Nighy (Harry Potter, Pirates of the Caribbean), and Tom Wilkinson (Michael Clayton, The Exorcism of Emily Rose). The film also stars actor Dev Patel (Slumdog Millionaire, The Newsroom), who, despite his unfortunate attachment to the still relatively recent name-smudging
desecration ‘adaptation’ of Nickelodeon’s stellar animated series Avatar: The Last Airbender, does more than admirably in his role as the goofy, yet loveable Sonny Kapoor, an Indian man trying desperately to live his dream as a successful hotel owner, and Penelope Wilton (Doctor Who, Downton Abbey) absolutely nails the role of Jean Ainslie, a bitter woman in a less-than-perfect marriage.
Now, my review here will be brief, as I’d like to avoid spoiling this film for any of you: there is no weak link in casting, no glaring flaw in editing, production, direction, or script. Every line is perfectly delivered, and there are many cleverly hilarious ones. There are moments where you’ll be shedding tears from laughter, and a few where you’ll be shedding tears of a sadder sort. Though the film has a large cast of actors and actress of that certain age, don’t let it fool you. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is great for teens and superb for adults. Is this film one of the best of this year? Definitely.
5 /5 Stars.
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is based on the novel These Foolish Things (2004) by Deborah Moggach, and is available for purchase on Blu-ray and DVD.
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