Geoff Cox’s guide to new DVDs: The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and more
The Bucks Herald - over 5 years
WHEN I booked into THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL (12: Twentieth Century Fox) at my local multiplex in February, I didn’t expect any surprises. This manipulative charmer does exactly what it says on the posters and TV ads. It may be slightly predictable, yet this poignant tale never strays from satisfying, feel-good magic. Seven English pensioners looking for a fresh start are drawn to an advert for an hotel in the Indian city of Jaipur and plan to spend their retirement there. Lured by the promise of cheap luxury at the establishment of the title, the hotel, run by ever-optimistic manager Sonny Kapoor (Dev Patel), turns out to be a dump. Sonny’s enthusiasm wins them over and the pensioners’ shared experiences and their own adventures in the city has a transformative effect. Muriel (Maggie Smith) won’t eat anything that she can’t pronounce, but her xenophobia mellows, while Douglas (Bill Nighy), henpecked by wife Jean (Penelope Wilton), finds himself and Evelyn (Judi Dench) is fa...
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