Friday, 13 April 2012

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

...for the Elderly and Beautiful

I went expecting whimsy and charm.  Plenty of that, but plenty of much more than that too. A love song to India, a homily on the duty to live life to the full, and a tender-hearted examination of love in several forms. A pure delight. Funny, unashamed of sentiment, well-paced, and performed with zest and pleasure by a terrific cast. Dev Patel is preposterously likeable and Judi Dench adds, as always, a degree of depth that lends humanity without any ponderous earnestness. Maggie Smith - again as always - gives a star turn.

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