A wonderful movie that leaves the viewer feeling fulfilled

There are a lot of things that make this life worth living—a good friend, a good meal, a good book, a good song, a good movie to name a few.

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

There are a lot of things that make this life worth living—a good friend, a good meal, a good book, a good song, a good movie to name a few. And this was one good movie!

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel was funny, poignant , happy, sad, touching, but most of all it was a meaningful slice-of-life that left us walking a little lighter, laughing often and feeling somehow fulfilled.

You may say: With a cast of Judi Dench (Evelyn), Maggie Smith (Muriel Donnelly), Tom Wilkinson (Graham Dashwood) and Bill Nighy (Douglas Ainslie), how could you go wrong? And you’d be right. But this movie really was more than the sum of its parts.

British retirees travel to India to reside in what they believe is a luxury hotel. Well it’s not even close to their expectations but it becomes so much more and, as we watch the unfolding of little dramas in their lives, played against the sights, sounds and colours of India, we are taken into the story so effortlessly that we can almost smell the spice and the food.

Dev Patel plays Jamal Malik the hotel owner and you may remember him as the award-winning actor in Slum Dog Millionaire, along with Freida Pinto.  He was excellent.

At 78 years old, Judi Dench is a favourite of mine. She became more of a household name for me due to the TV show As Time Goes By.

Also 78, Maggie Smith, who many of us know as Minerva McGonagall in the Harry Potter series, starred in one of my personal favourite movies, Gosford Park.

John Madden the director of this film, (from the novel by Deborah Moggach), uses this wonderful cast who could easily have overshadowed the story by their star status, in such a way that we forget the stars and are engrossingly pulled into the story.

There are so many great lines, but one that sticks with me is: “Everything will be alright in the end, so if it is not alright, then it is not yet the end.” (I love that!)

Run, don’t walk to this one. It will brighten your day and it will be the best show you see this summer.

I give it five reels.

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