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Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, The (Blu-ray Review)

16 Sep, 2012 By: Angelique Flores

Street 9/18/12
Box Office $46.08 million
$29.98 DVD, $39.99 Blu-ray
Rated ‘PG-13’ for sexual content and language.
Stars Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, Tom Wilkinson, Maggie Smith.

It’s hard not to enjoy a film with this all-star cast of legendary actors set in the colorful country of India.

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel sounds like a wonderland for tourists looking for a luxurious, exciting time. But the hotel, meant to attract British and American retirees, is run down with not much to offer but a naively ambitious owner, Sonny (Dev Patel of Slumdog Millionaire). Sonny hopes to bring the hotel that belonged to his father to working order and profitability.

The first round of guests include widower Evelyn (Judi Dench), who has been strapped with her late husband’s debt. She sells her house and heads to India, a move she would have never made independently prior to her husband’s death.

Then there’s racist Murial (Maggie Smith), who begrudgingly heads to India only for the cheap and immediate hip surgery she needs.

Graham (Tom Wilkinson), a successful judge, goes back to India seeking a dear, old friend and lover he left behind decades ago.

Doug (Bill Nighy) and Jean (Penelope Wilton) can’t afford the retirement they want in England because they invested their retirement money in their daughter’s failed start-up. They hope to find an affordable means of living in India, an idea Doug is enjoying, but Jean refuses to even leave her room.

Norman (Ronald Pickup) is looking for his next conquest, preferably of a much younger age. And Madge (Celia Imrie) is hunting for her next husband.

Each has their own challenges after checking into the hotel, but their experiences prove that one is never too old to learn and grow and find happiness.

This charming film features brilliant actors, lending a depth to each of their characters and a delightfully unique story.

The DVD contains two short featurettes, one a behind-the-scenes featurette that doesn’t offer much and the other a gushing featurette on the incredible cast of veteran actors. The Blu-ray includes additional featurettes.

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