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The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2012): Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, Maggie Smith, Tom Wilkinson, Penelope Wilton

London based retirees in the golden years of life are intrigued by a lucrative retirement community advertisement for the Marigold Hotel based in India.  The advertisement promises a luxury palace for retirees seeking a life of leisure in an exotic location.  The guests meet for the first time at an airport and are whisked away on an adventure that is about change, renewal and a fresh start for the willing.

The Marigold Hotel is nothing as expected and the group of retirees are suddenly thrown into a vibrant and chaotic world that is culturally different and constantly changing. Sonny, Dev Patel, hotel owner is fabulous as the visionary for the decrepit palace in much need of repair.   He wittingly impresses the guests in a lively and fun manner while in love.  Evelyn, Judy Dench, a widow, with little money must start over anew. Muriel, a grumpy woman, Maggie Smith, in need of a hip replacement in Britain is sent to India for quicker surgery rather than wait six months in the British health care system.  Graham, Tom Wilkinson, searches for a lost love and Douglas, Bill Nighy, the upbeat comic, and wife, Jean, a negative thorn, Penelope Wilton, are forced to face a crumbling marriage. 

The brilliant thespian cast poignantly grasps the challenges of how easy it is to avoid change, remain stuck in the past, be filled with prejudice and are just horribly miserable to be around.  While others take the opportunity to find beauty in new surroundings, share experiences and opt to change lives including their own.   This film is one of the best movies of 2012.   The moral of the film - beauty is everywhere in this world, life is always changing, the past is over, so stop looking back and instead keep on moving - embracing the journey called life!  Don't forget Kleenex for the happy tears.  On demand.  Released May 4, 2012.


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