Beauty in the Ordinary

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Saturday, May 26, 2012

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

"Everything will turn out alright in the end.
And if it's not alright...it's not the end."



One of the nicest movies I have seen in a long time.


Update
Rudy, Lindsay and I haven't stopped discussing this movie since Saturday night.  I disagree John, it's neither light nor frothy (but does have a cast to die for!).  


The superficial themes of the usefulness of age and experience - Evelyn being hired by the call-centre), Mrs Donnelly saving the hotel, Young Wasim saving Sonny's marriage and old India versus New India, are fully overshadowed by exploring loyalty over of love (Douglas and Jean); truthfulness and sharing over love (Evelyn and Anoki); honesty over cliche (Norman and Madge); and the most bittersweet notion of all for me - that time doesn't change any of the power or emotion of true love. (Graham and Jay)

18 comments:

  1. Looks like a delightful movie - I adore Dame Judy Dench - and I am looking forward to seeing it - my kind of movie!

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  2. Hi Jacqueline

    We saw it this week and loved it too. It totally transports one to another life and the sound and colour is so energetic.
    Sadly, there are so few good movies.
    Helen xx

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  3. Lady Magnon watched this whilst flying over China at 600 mph. I stayed at home and cleared up dog mess. No comparison. I too love Judy Dench

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  4. I saw it a month or so back and just loved it. I would happily see it again.

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  5. Well, if it is still around, I think I'll try to get to it. Thanks for your recommendation — and all the rest of the recommendations that came along.

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  6. Yes..truly delightful. I saw it on Friday, the day it was launched here in Bend, OR. 3:30pm showing ~ not one empty seat in the theater, EVERYONE looked liked retired ladies and gents ... lots of white hair. The theater staff told me there has NEVER been a movie that generated this kind of crowd .. as you might guess we have a large senior citizen population ~ including me!

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  7. light and frothy
    with a cast to die for ! x

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  8. The best movie I have seen in a long time. At the end, people of all ages stood up and clapped.

    So much better than the shoot um up, blow um up stuff that they keep throwing upon us. It actually had a script. A really feel-good film.

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  9. Reporting back: saw it and LOVED it!

    Redemptive, unpredictable, optimistic.

    Stellar cast.

    Thanks for the recommendation!

    xo

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  10. My mother and I just watched the movie yesterday and thought it was the best movie we'd seen in years. I want to be Judy Dench when I'm older, or at least half as dignified. Loved your description of the plot.

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  11. I love, LOVE, LoVe! This blog! and how did you get those things to fall when you move the mouse around. I just love it!

    Lisa

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    1. Lisa...I would tell you...but then I would have to shoot you!

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  12. The trailer made me laugh - must see this movie. What a cast!

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  13. yes it was delightful...thought Penelope Wilton turned in one of her best performances!!

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  14. I agree YAH...when you really wanted to dislike her, you had to admire her in the end for being so insightful!

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  15. I can also recommend the novel that the film is based on - These Foolish Things by Deborah Moggach. A tad darker and edgier but well worth your time.

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    1. Thanks Judith...I was wondering about the book, will definitely give it a go.

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