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I finally had the chance to see The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, after missing it in theaters. The buzz surrounding this film is spot on, making this one of the best ensemble films of the year. John Madden directed the fantastic cast of veteran thespians, which include Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, Maggie Smith, Penelope Wilton, Tom Wilkinson, Dev Patel, and Ronald Pickup.The film is based on Deborah Moggach‘s 2004 novel, and is a nice mix of drama and comedy.

The story follows a group of British retirees who decide to move to a reportedly luxurious sanctuary for “the elderly and beautiful” in Jaipur, India. Upon their arrival they realize that the lodgings are not quite the tranquil and romantic locale that they had expected. If not for the personality of the young manager Sonny (Patel), the group realizes that they can embark on a new chapter of their life.
Wile the story is nothing we have not seen before, it is the fantastic script and engaging characters. This coupled with the vibrant colors and sounds of India, make this an enjoyable film to watch on Blu-ray. I am a fan of films that have one over-arching story, and then branch out to follow the characters on their individual journeys. Each of the stories has both romance and of course some tear-jerking moments, but neither is overpowering. I love seeing a film that shows that there are rewarding roles for older actors later in their career. Having never been to India, I feel as though I have been there since seeing this movie.
The special features for this disc lacks the standard director or producer commentary track. Luckily it makes up for that for having each feature in 1080p HD. The special features are as follows:
  • Behind the Story: Lights, Colors and Smiles: Director John Madden runs through some clips from the film in this short promo.
  • Casting Legends: In case you needed any more reason to love the fantastic cast, here is a feature that runs through each of the stars.
  • Welcome to the “Real” Best Exotic Marigold Hotel: If you are an architecture and history fiend like me, then you will love this walk-through of the former palace where the film was shot.
  • Trekking to India: “Life is Never the Same”: This feature talks about the ins and outs of filming on location in India.
  • Tuk Tuk Travels: The tuk-tuk scene lasted about 30 seconds, but it was so memorable it warrranted it’s own clip. .
  • Sneak Peak
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