Film Review: The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel


Seven British orderlies left for the best exotic hotel in India, with their own reasons. Evelyn (Judi Dench) had to sell her and her late husband flat because of the huge debts he died. Graham (Tom Wilkinson) wanted to see his love in his early years before leaving this world. Jean (Penelope Wilton) and Doug (Bill Nighy) lost their retirements savings on their daughter’s start-up company. Muriel (Maggie Smith) needed an inexpensive hip replacement surgery. Wealthy Madge (Celia Imrie) needed to find another husband. Norman (Ronald Pickup) looked for one-night stands.

In brochure, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is the perfect retirement destination for the elderly and beautiful at a reasonable cost. When they arrived at India, things seems not right even from the airport to the hotel. The hotel looked abandoned many years ago. A young heir of the hotel, Sonny (Dev Patal), tries to save the hotel and prove his capability to his mom. People tend to become stubborn and self-protective as they get old. The seven orderlies are not exceptional. From one of the most rich and influential countries, these people are snob as we who live in the States are. India is a place of life. The orderlies began to open their minds and embrace the livelihood of India.

It was a good movie. The characters don’t stand out in the movie. It may be because India is such a place where you become a thinker as well. The more you think, the less you would be snob or demanding as you would realize how small you are in the universe and how much less you would need in life. The streets in the movie were unclean and the city was underdeveloped. I wondered if I could ever live there or make a trip to India. However, if I would go there, it is because I am wondering about their philosophy and the people in it. For example, Graham has suffered from the moment he had to leave for England until he found out his first love (maybe the only love as Graham had to hide his sexual orientation throughout his life) has lived a happy life despite the fact that Graham’s family put his family in misery and he also had to lose his love. I was just curious how one could lead a happy life in a desperate circumstance.


The movie showed some sort of speed, color and vibrance, which was fascinating to me and made me want to visit one day. One impressive line throughout the movie was “Everything will be alright in the end. If everything is not alright in the end, it is not the end.” How great!

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