I love going to the movies. There is just something about sitting in a dark room, facing a giant screen while a story unfolds and sweeps you into another world. Now, don’t get me wrong – I like watching movies at home, too, cozied up on the couch with a blanket and a bowl of snacks, but the ambiance of the theatre just cannot be matched — the aroma of freshly popped corn, the larger-than-life images, the sound reverberating in the darkened room — it’s a marvelous experience.
So, when I saw the trailer for “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”, I knew that I had to see it. (My husband, who saw the same trailer at the same time, scoffed that this was definitely NOT his kind of film!)
The movie features some of my favourite actors: Judi Dench, Tom Wilkinson, Maggie Smith. and they did not disappoint. The trailer depicted a funny, lighthearted romp of people in their golden years, finding new purpose and adventure.
The characters are all endearing, except, perhaps, for Mrs. Ainslie (played by Penelope Wilton), but even her character is understandable, even familiar. Sonny Kapoor (delightfully portrayed by Dev Patel), the young entrepreneur of the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel for the Elderly and Beautiful — is adorable and loveable. I couldn’t help but root for this young visionary as he tries to revive his father’s dream, even against his family’s wishes. I LOVED his philosophy: “Don’t worry, everything will be all right in the end. And if it is not all right, then it is not yet the end.” The story is a bit predictable, but in this setting, I think it would be disappointing if things didn’t turn out as imagined.
The movie was sweet, funny and insightful. (I even shed a tear or two). Maybe it was because I am, myself, encroaching upon my “golden years”, but I found the movie inspiring — the belief that it is never too late to start over, struck a chord in my heart and made me feel excited for the future!
I would recommend this movie to anyone who likes heartwarming, funny, and sweet movies. Never mind what your husband says, call up a girlfriend, or two, and head out to the theatre to enjoy this gem of a film.
If I haven’t convinced you, it just might entice you: