The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2011) Review

I watched this about a week or so ago, and it wasn’t exactly the kind of movie I was expecting.  Maybe I had the wrong impression about it from the trailers, but I was expecting some kind of full on comedy.  While there were funny parts, I wasn’t exactly laughing for the entire duration.  I will say though, it was fun to see a more comedic side of Dev Patel; I definitely have this image in my mind of him as a more serious person from Slumdog Millionaire (2008).

I looked online to see if this was a book originally, and I think it was.  That makes sense to me because the film gave me a very “bookish” feel, if you know what I mean.

I didn’t completely realize what this movie was about until I was in the theater watching it.  To be honest, I’m not entirely sure what I was expecting, but I somehow had a completely different impression from the trailers.  I had thought I’d be watching something more like older people vacationing in India and hilarious things happening.  Instead, the film was more about a group of older people who were pretty much in retirement mode, dealing with their various issues, regrets, and health ailments.

While not as disappointing as I found Salmon Fishing in the Yemen (2012) to be, I was still a little let down by the fact that it wasn’t as funny as I was hoping it would be.  I also expected a lot more out of Judi Dench; she didn’t have as big a role as I was hoping.  Maggie Smith did wonderfully, though.  I think I liked her character the best out of them all.  I admit, my disappointment mostly stemmed from my high expectations for this movie.  Of course, it could very well be I’m just not in the right stage of my life for this kind of movie.  Unsurprisingly, a majority of the people in the theater with me seemed to be in their 40’s and over, and they seemed to enjoy it.  I wouldn’t be surprised if they enjoyed it more than I did, either.  In the end, I think for me it wasn’t terrible, but it didn’t really surprise me much either.  In my opinion it was an average film.

As always, here’s my little ratings breakdown for this film:

Originality: ***
Picture: ****
Sound: ****
Story: ***
Casting: ***
Re-watch Factor: **
Overall: ***


Phew!  I’ve been pretty lazy this month about blogging, hahaha, I’ve just been so busy lately that the first thing that’s on my mind when I get home is sleep!  I’ve got one more movie review for sure to plug out soon, and I might be watching another movie or two this weekend, but those plans are a little up in the air at the moment as there are some things coming up that are going to have to take precedence.  I’ll get around to it if I end up having the time for it all though!

Until next time!

8 responses to “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2011) Review

  1. Rae, your review pretty much sums up my fears that I had regarding this film from the trailers. Looks like Cocoon minus the aliens and Wilfred Brimley. 🙂

  2. Man I was excited to see this film. I still might see it, but now expectations are lowered from “For Queen and Country” to “tea and crumpets time”

  3. I’ve got this on my list to watch – and it is playing in town at the moment. Speaking of India, I’ll be doing a review of Kahaani later this week. This is the latest from Vidya Balan.
    Thanks for your review – I guess my expectations will be lowered, at least in regard ti expect a lot of laughs.

    It’s okay – serious is good too.


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