While not quite as memorable as some of the other geriatric-themed movies of the past, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel still manages to pass along a plethora of nice messages to the audience members that need it the most.
It individually explores the situations of several pre-octogenarians and why they have all come to stay at the same hotel in India. Whether it’s to find love, to rediscover themselves, or to find themselves for the first time, the trip is life-changing for everyone involved. The movie eventually brings it all back around to the two twenty-year-old characters who are trying to dodge their families’ mutual disapproval of their love.
The film starts off very slow and we are overcome with the anxiety of their eventual arrival to India. Although at first it’s unclear why certain characters are leaving their homes at all. And like many ensemble films, the tone gets mixed and matched a lot along the way.
At times it has a hard time balancing all of the characters’ stories–which may attribute to the long runtime–but it still manages to portray so much of their depth. Yet two of the characters’ stories remain slightly unexplored, but it may have been deliberate.
This film might fly over the heads of the younger viewers. And perhaps it’s meant to. And while The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel may surpass it’s niche at some points, it’s just as classically heartfelt as the best films of this genre.