The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel- for the elderly and the beautiful' lures a disparate group of English retirees to travel to Jaipur, India to spend their twilight years in seemingly idyllic luxury.
As narrated by Judi Dench's character, Evelyn Greenslade and her new-found skill of blogging, the hotel turns out to be more dilapidation than luxury. Nevertheless, the group navigates the peaks and pitfalls of a foreign country. Along the way the hotel, and its exuberant manager (Dev Patel), begins to feel like home.
Whilst based on the novel These Foolish Things by Deborah Moggach, the film stands alone and is expertly brought to life by director John Madden (Shakespeare in Love, Captain Corelli's Mandolin) and an all-star cast including Dench, Patel, Bill Nighy, Tom Wilkinson and Maggie Smith.
At its heart this film is a poignant drama but not without plenty of laughs following the diverse characters on their journey of self-discovery and search for companionship, joy and a sense of purpose.
In the words of Evelyn "everything will be alright in the end and if it's not alright, then it's not yet the end". The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel was more than alright in the end, it was a heartfelt tale of life and love set against a vibrant Indian background and comes highly recommended for your next night at the cinemas.