· Marigold Seeds
· Branston Pickles
· PG Tips Tea
· McVitie’s Biscuits Value Pack, includes hobnobs
· Indian Spices
We had a grand old time yumming it up with (almost) everything in the basket. The tea and Hobnobs were fab but Marmite??? Holy Cow! I guess that must be an acquired taste. Have you all had it? What did you think?
Onto the movie! In case you need a recap, here is the scoop...
Some of the finest actors in England lend their formidable talents to The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, a charming fish-out-of-water yarn. The Brits, who include Evelyn (Judi Dench), Muriel (Maggie Smith), Douglas (Bill Nighy), and Graham (Tom Wilkinson), are planning retirement in a less expensive country. After "thorough research on the Internet," the group chooses what looks to be a grand, peaceful retreat, the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. It turns out that the bloom is off this marigold--it's shabby, antiquated, and as chaotic as the city in India, Jaipur, where it is set. Who can adapt to this very different retirement experience, and who founders? That question lies at the heart of the plot of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. The cast is uniformly superb, as the retirees bond and bicker and fall out and then try to encourage one another. And Dev Patel (Slumdog Millionaire) shines as Sonny, the barely-holding-it-together Marigold Hotel manager. Patel and Tena Desae, who plays Sunaina, his girlfriend, are charming yet face adaptation struggles of their own, in a modern-day India still tied strongly to its traditions but rapidly charging into the future. And the young Indians also seem to represent the energetic future, as the Brits represent the old world that's fast falling. At its heart, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, deftly directed by John Madden, is an uplifting journey, allowing the viewer to feel what the retirees are discovering on the screen. When Evelyn sighs, "Nothing here has worked out quite as I expected," Muriel crisply replies, "Most things don't. But sometimes what happens instead is the good stuff." The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is most definitely the good stuff.
First of all, the all star cast pretty much assured a great flick. The characters were all well developed and my mom and I really enjoyed watching them on their grand adventure. The plot was just plain funny. Can you only imagine finding the place of your dreams online, going there and being blown away by the difference in reality?! I love watching the characters take on their new place and adapt (or not). My mum (is that British enough for you??) and I both enjoyed watching the Indian culture and we both chatted a lot about how we would have reacted in a similar situation to the characters. All while drinking our tea!
If you are looking for a thoroughly entertaining and thought provoking film, be sure to pick up The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel today....
Disclosure: I received a complimentary gift basket and copy of the movie to help facilitate a review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.