Tuesday, 20 September 2011

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel; Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Tom Wilkinson, Bill Nighy & Dev Patel.

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Yes it is another film with a title that’s great for a book, but a little clunky for a feature film. The irony here is, that whilst the film is based on a book by Deborah Moggach, that book had the much more film friendly title ‘These Foolish things’.  Like those literal translations of Japanese Anime movies and movie festivals, ‘The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’ just seems a little too odd. But it’s got one of those casts that filled with the words ‘Winner’ and ‘nominee’ (Just insert various prestigious awards in front of them) that you can’t help but want to see  altogether, doing great things with what you hope is material that does them justice. Plus anything to sandblast the evil memories of Dev Patel in The Last Airbender (no I don’t blame him for that piss poor adaptation) from our poor assaulted minds.

These Foolish Things is the 12th novel by Deborah Moggach; she is also known for her work adapting Pride & Prejudice for the acclaimed 2005 film. She has adapted her own works for television before (The award winning Goggle eyes in 1993), but this film has been adapted by Ol Parker. It is directed by John Madden (The Debt, Shakespeare in Love) and due for release in spring 2012.

“THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL follows a group of British retirees who decide to "outsource" their retirement to less expensive and seemingly exotic India. Enticed by advertisements for the newly restored Marigold Hotel and bolstered with visions of a life of leisure, they arrive to find the palace a shell of its former self. Though the new environment is less luxurious than imagined, they are forever transformed by their shared experiences, discovering that life and love can begin again when you let go of the past.”


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