Not all of the voyageurs are bed-ridden; many are retirees looking for a diamond in the rough. Remember that old proverb/expression, "all you need is a dollar and a dream?" Well, surely they were not referring to an American dollar, and that is the undergirding theme of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. A young dreamer named Sonny Kapoor (Dev Patel) is in the process of restoring his birthright; his father's hotel. Sonny wants desperately to transform the ramshackle hotel into something desirable if not outright famous. As is, the place is barely remodeled, falling apart, and dustier than Judi Dench's panties! Should he ever succeed in fulfilling his deam, young Sonny will likely marry a beautiful woman with a massive heart. The gang of Jurassic explorers are the aforementioned Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, Tom Wilkinson, Maggie Smith, etc. Each character enjoys his/her own unique experience as it pertains to India's life, culture, and to its people.
Patient folks will surely fall on love with The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. Predominantly, younger people will lack the attention span and the wherewithal (they are lily-livered!) to endure such a complicated picture. Being an acolyte in perpetuity (at least attitudinally), watching this show proved to be a joy more so than a chore. Nevertheless, the events that unfold are nearly implausible, and despite the tears of joy that might be shed, I find myself drowning on crocodile tears instead. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is a movie that might compete for an award, but it does not have my first place vote. It is simply a product that has no crossover appear beyond its target audience.
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