The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Published July 17, 2012

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Film info

  • Title The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
  • Director John Madden
  • Year 2011
  • Run time 2hrs 4m
  • Genres Comedy, Drama
  • Tagline Share the journey, share the laughter

An award-winning, all-star cast, led by Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, Maggie Smith and Tom Wilkinson, lights up this vibrant comedy filled with genuine emotion. When seven cash-strapped seniors decide to outsource their retirement to a resort in far-off India, friendship and romance blossom in the most unexpected ways.

Fast Facts

Title: The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel Director: John Madden Year: 2011 Run time: 2hrs 4

Background Info

I saw trailers for this film eons ago and it never really caught my attention, until just recently when I was catching up with a podcast and heard an interview with Celia Imrie. Then I watched the trailer again, and on an evening where we needed something relaxing - this fit the bill perfectly.

Live Blog

2:15 - Brave to start with a call centre conversation. I am riled up just thinking about it. 5:15 - Liza Tarbuck! 8:01 - That is a massive bowl of fruit, a pineapple and everything! I want one of those. 11:49 - There can’t actually be old people like that! 12:20 - Judi’s going to put all her adventures on a blog. She is my total favourite. 16:30 - “First rule of India, there’s always room.” 23:50 - Offered a vision of the future, otherwise known as Photoshopping. 29:05 - Judi is reading us her blog! 33:45 - Seems like a good idea to learn how to play cricket before you go to India. 36:12 - A perfectly technical analysis of the biscuit dunking experience. 42:10 - I don’t want to sound obsessed or anything, but Judi seems like a good listener. 42:58 - How on earth is he going to find one man among so many? 44:59 - “The wheel is spinning but the hamster is dead.” 48:45 - Hehehe, Princess Margaret! 55:29 - He really doesn’t have any style to cramp. 1:00:50 - Uh oh, haggling! 1:08:56 - “When I want your opinion, I’ll give it to you.” 1:19:48 - Screaming the hotel down is not really sneaking in, is it? 1:28:06 - Aww, such a good chair to go in, too. 1:35:15 - Dot matrix printer! Awesome. 1:39:14 - I love Judi, but the Sunni character is an incredibly close second. 1:42:45 - His name is Sunni, and her name is Sunina. They are perfect for each other. 1:52:22 - I hope they packed all their stuff in his and hers cases then. 1:53:37 - Actually, he appears to only have the one case. 1:57:23 - I love the motorbike waving. Great end.


It was fabulous! So much better than I’d thought. Of course, you might have noticed, I had something of the Judi-love through the film, but each character was so well done and perfectly portrayed that they were all great. Dev Patel’s character in particular was fun, and by the end, I was rooting for him more than any of them!

Good story, if predictable at times, gorgeous locations and friendly faces. Lovely.

**Rating: **5/5

Rating: 5 / 5

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