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The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
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At some stage, many of us are faced with the problem of deciding if a retirement home for an elderly parent, a loved one or even for yourself, is the ideal solution of where to live out one's final years. The re-adjustment to a person's lifestyle, caused by moving out of the family home into an aged care retirement facility, plus the burdens of spiralling living costs, create major concerns for many ageing retirees. In Britain, statistics show that there is a marked increase in the number of elderly people struggling to survive financially, resulting in many immigrating to countries with a cheaper cost of living to spend their retiring years, in order to have a better standard of living.

The latest film from director John Madden ( Shakepeare in Love ) The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, offers an alternative solution to this dilemma for those who are not ready to give way "to the beige bungalow with a panic button in the corner." Seven British seniors, from different backgrounds, make a brave decision to leave Britain and retire in an exotic hotel in Jaipur, India. They soon discover the advertised exotic hotel, is very much run-down, and their dream of a sea change becomes a challenge of a lifetime.

The film has a fantastic cast; Judy Dench, Bill Nighy, Tom Wilkinson, Maggie Smith, Celia Imrie, Penelope Wilton, Ronald Pickup and Dev Patel . They all do a wonderful job of creating a believable and entertaining gathering of elderly people on a radical adventure. The film is obviously targeted at mature audiences, from middle age and above, as the narrative focuses on the various problems of getting older.

Ol Parker based his screenplay on the novel, These Foolish Things by Deborah Moggach. Some audiences will thoroughly love the humour, particularly the scenes portraying life in Jaipur and the performances of such a fine gathering of British and Indian actors. Due to their own life experiences of having to deal with the various issues involving retirement, some viewers will no doubt relate closely to what is depicted in this film. Many will enjoy the "feel good" sensibility that the story and the characters generate, where others may find the lessons learned are somewhat stereotyped, and the story outcome in some instances, predictable.

***1/2 out of *****

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Why? Great cast and acting, enjoyable feel good movie, will particularly appeal to middle-aged and above.
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