DVD Review: Best Exotic Marigold Hotel Review


With an all star British cast including Dame Judi Dench (007 Movies, Shakespeare in Love), Dame Maggie Smith (Downton Abbey), Penelope Wilton (Downton Abbey, Pride and Prejudice) and Bill Nighy (Love Actually, Pirates of the Caribbean) The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel follows seven characters who all visit India and stay in `The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel` owned by Dev Patel`s (Slumdog Millionare) character Sonny who took over the run down hotel from his father.

At the start of the film the audience get an insight into the lives of Evelyn (Dame Judi Dench) who we find out lost her husband to a heart attack, Graham (Tom Wilkinson) a judge who the audience later finds out is gay, Doug and Jean (Billy Nighy and Penelope Wilton) a married couple who invested in their daughters business, Muriel (Dame Maggie Smith) who travels to India to have an operation on her hip, Norman (Ronald Pickup)who starts of speed dating and Madge(Celia Imrie)who seeks to find another husband. These seven witty characters all meet at the airport not knowing that they are all going to India and infact staying at the same hotel- the best exotic marigold hotel-for the elderly and beautiful.

The film is told through Evelyn and the blog she writes of her time in India.

Throughout the film each character discovers themselves and realises that you never know what might happen, everything will be alright in the end and to look to the future and forget about the past.

All in all The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is a fun filled, quirky film featuring its fair share of funny remarks from none other than Muriel’s character, Dame Maggie Smith.

A colourful film for all the family!

Emily Pontin

Rating: 12A
UK Release Date: 25th June 2012 (DVD& Blu-Ray)
Cast:Maggie Smith, Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, Penelope Wilton, Tom Wilkinson, Dev Patel
Directed by: John Madden
Pre Order/Buy:The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (Blu-ray + Digital Copy)/ DVD (+ Digital Copy)