The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel Review

 Exotic Marigold Hotel Rating: 3/5

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The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel Review

Ratings:3/5 Reviewer:Rajeev Masand Site:CNN IBN

Seven British fogies find love, s**, jobs, and redemption, when they head to India in the predictable yet feel-good comedy ‘The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’. Directed by Shakespeare In Love’s John Madden, the film boasts an ensemble of some of the finest English actors who pump heart into what could’ve easily been an entirely calculated affair.In equal parts enjoyable and cloying, this film ticks off all the usual stereotypes you’d associate with a foreign film about India. Yet there’s so much humor – particularly in the first half, and a generous dose provided by Slumdog Millionaire’s Dev Patel who stars as the hotel’s optimistic manager – that you’re willing to look beyond the clichés. For the first-rate performances alone, this film is worth a watch.I’m going with three out of five for ‘The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’. It’s formulaic but oddly comforting; it’s the kind of movie your mum will love.

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Ratings:3.5/5 Reviewer:Allen O Brien Site:Times Of India

Now just when you think this one is going to be yet another when-Hollywood-meets-India story, director John Madden proves you wrong. It’s more about hope (Evelyn at 60 is on the lookout for a BPO job). It’s all about the need to keep trying (Muriel not only gives up her wheel chair, but finds a new purpose in life). It’s all about diving into India — a riot of noise and colour (Graham finds true joy in playing galli cricket with the local kids). Needless to say, all this would actually seem been-there-seen-that had it not been for the performances of the seven veterans.Tip off: Only for those who think age (and the pace of a movie) is no bar when it comes to living life all over again… falling in love all over again… and above all bonding with India all over again.

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Ratings:2.5/5 Reviewer:Sukanya Verma Site:Rediff

In the end, this movie isn’t really about India, which although lends the plot a touch of pseudo exoticism doesn’t shape the plot save for acting as a metaphor for pandemonium against which these characters discover themselves and a prized destination to rest in peace. What makes The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel worth its while is an exquisite cast of powerhouse veterans that engage, enthuse and inspire even when the script fails to do so.

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