The Most Exotic Marigold Hotel – Movie Review

What does it say about your age when you choose to watch a movie about a group of retirees on MIB3 opening night? There were private functions in both the cinemas we went to. At Lido, RI was having a Parents’ Association Family night. How cool is that? And how rich.

The first cinema Cathay we went to only had the show at 9.15pm. We did a quick search – GV revealed the same. Luckily, Lido had a small screening at 6.50pm. This reminded me of the last Harry Potter’s opening night – the cinemas only showed Harry Potter and nothing else.

The Most Exotic Marigold Hotel had a great review on local newspapers. Bee and I are a fan of British films (and wit) and the movie date last night provided us an opportunity to catch up after our travel – me to Hokkaido, she on a business trip of three countries.

The movie is about a group of seven retirees who take up an offer to retire to the newly restored Marigold Hotel in Jaipur in India. After a fretful journey, they come upon a dilapidated building, and rooms with no doors. Some of them are charmed by India, while two are understandingly overwhelmed by the crowd, the food, the heat and everything unique about India. (I would too and that’s one place I have no desire to visit.) Those who choose to embrace the experience – dive in and emerge on the other side – eventually find themselves useful, needed and loved, unlike in their own society where they were cast aside when no longer youthful and useful. I like how the movie teaches me on seeing the positive in everything, instead of being negatives and whinning about it. The seven characters are colourful and each held up without being overshadowed by the other.

I love the clever dialogues:

‘Everything will be all right in the end… if it’s not all right then it’s not the end.’

‘Nothing here has worked out quite as I expected. Most things don’t.’                                         ‘But sometimes what happens instead is the good stuff.’

After watching a film like this, one is bound to ponder – what do I do when I am at that age? I read somewhere that as the body ages, the mind doesn’t catch up with the body, thus one is shocked when he looks in the mirror and sees an old man when all along, he feels he has been 25.

Still, this film makes aging seem so much fun.


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