A small group of British retirees learn that the life they want to live might not be the life they need to live after pooling their resources to spend their twilight years in a unique setting located in India. Upon arriving at the once-opulent Marigold Hotel, however, the eager pensioners come to realize that rumors of the building's restoration have been greatly exaggerated. But just when it starts to seem that the privileged seniors have been swindled out of their life savings, they summon the courage to sever their ties to the past, and embrace their new life with a sense of wonder and adventure. Tom Wilkinson, Maggie Smith, Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, and Dev Patel star in this uplifting comedy-drama from director John Madden (The Debt, Shakespeare in Love). ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
I went thinking it would be a very boring movie, but to my very pleasant surprise, I loved it! The stars presented top notch performances and the plot, though sounding rather implausible, was perfectly executed and worked completely. Go see it or rent it! You won't be sorry. Not for kids.
Several seniors decide to embrace retirement in Jaipur, India. While one packs it in, the others stick it out and find that they are transformed by their new home. Wonderful cast, with plenty of joyful and poignant moments. I loved Bill Nighy, as usual! Highly recommended as a film you can share with older family members because you'll all enjoy it together.
Great acting made an otherwise trite and predicable script bearable. We've heard and seen this story many times, just not so many different characters at once. Distantly reminiscent of Robert Altman's Short Cuts (1993), which is even an hour longer, it is neither as deep nor as well knit. Nor is it as funny.
As far as I am concerned, this was a perfect movie. Good characters played by a first rate British cast and a well thought out plot line that ends satisfactorily. This probably appeals to the older generation, but anyone who appreciates quality in their entertainment will enjoy this. And it's got that cutie patootie from Slumdog Millionaire, Dev Patel, for humor and youthful exuberance.