First off - I loved this movie! I was so excited to see it playing at my local theater. "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" is a retirement destination in India for "the elderly and beautiful." So far, so good -- the brochure is a delight on the eyes. The price makes retirement possible for seven Brits making the move -- all for different reasons.
The cast is amazing -- Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy and Tom Wilkinson. Wow - I love all these actors. Celia Imrie plays a woman after my own heart - she's a feisty thing. And Ronald Pickup is a total delight. Dev Patel (you may remember him from Slumdog Millionaire) plays the enthusiastic and optimistic owner of the Hotel. I think we need more of his kind in the world!
This movie is charming, funny and heartwarming. I didn't know it until I watched the credits -- this movie is based on the novel 'These Foolish Things' by Deborah Moggach. Now I can't wait to read the book.
I didn't want to give too much away in case you go see the movie -- if you do, tell me what you think!!