From start to finish, I enjoyed watching this inspiring movie which follows the lives of seven seniors looking for a change of scenery in India. The cast is a stellar one, featuring such British heavyweights as Judi Dench, Maggie Smith and Tom Wilkinson.
When the Brits arrive in Jaipur, they are expecting a luxurious resort. Instead, they find a shabby inn run by the exuberant Sonny Kapoor (Dev Patel). Upon greeting the ex-pats, he assures them that “everything will be all right in the end. So, if it’s not all right, it’s not the end.”
I enjoyed watching the personalities evolve as they chose to remain at the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. The recently widowed Evelyn Greenslade (Dench) makes the best adjustment, taking in the sights and sounds of India. She posts daily to her blog and secures employment at a call centre. Douglas Ainslie (Bill Nighy) also embraces the new culture and takes distance from his nagging, unhappy wife (Penelope Wilton). While Muriel Donnnelly (Smith) is awaiting affordable hip replacement surgery, she finds fault with India and refuses to eat any food she cannot pronounce. The retired judge (Wilkinson) has returned to seek an old love interest, while the swinging singles (Ronald Pickup and Celia Imrie) are looking to reactivate their respective mojos.
I highly recommend this delightful movie which offers a reprieve from the explosive summer alternatives.