I cannot believe I am just now getting around to writing this post... Anyhow, a few months back I went to a screening of the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. I had extremely high hopes for this movie as it was not only a British flick (there were several Downton Abbey cast members in the film!), but took place in India.
As I have mentioned before, India is an extremely unique and eye opening country to visit. It is filled with so much culture and beauty, but it is also an extremely difficult place to live/visit. A drive that would take 75 minutes anywhere else in the world takes 4+ hours in India and many basic necessities are nonexistent. Not to many the clash between classes is rather disheartening and overwhelming. I think many that have been there would agree that the way India comes across in most TV shows and movies is not really how it is so I was unsure what to expect with The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. Well, it really blew me away to be honest. It was so dead on that I felt like I was there. From the airport to the bus ride to the people to the hotel to the head bobbing (those of you that have been there know what I am talking about ;) )....everything was just as it actually is in India.
The cast of TBEMH was also simply phenomenal. They worked so well together and created a sort of chemistry between viewer and the film. You really feel for each character and learn to love (and maybe even dislike) them all.
I laughed and almost cried and left the theater feeling so happy. This was a feel good movie with a number of wonderful lessons. I would go as far to say that this is one of the best movies I have seen all year and a MUST see for those of all ages (even if you are not an anglophile)!