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The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is a Must See

by Ilana Angel

May 16, 2012 | 8:45 am

I am not a film critic.  I am however a film lover and see quite a few movies.  I love escaping for a couple of hours into another world and getting wrapped up in a story.  I can think of a few good movies I’ve seen recently, but none that I felt the need to write about here, until now.  The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is perfection.

I really loved this movie.  Really, really, really, loved it. It is about a group of English people who, for various reasons, decide to move to India to live in the Marigold Hotel, which is not what they expected.  I saw it on Mother’s Day with my son and the Englishman.  We were the youngest people in the audience, and we’re old.

This is a movie that features mostly mature characters, but it is not a movie only for old people.  It is about love, loss, hope, and new beginnings. It will make you laugh out loud, and sob like a baby.  It will make you either want to move to India, or take it off your bucket list.  It will inspire you to live your life, not watch it pass by.

The cast is divine and each performance is award worthy.  The main characters are played by Judy Dench, Tom Wilkinson, Bill Nighy, Penelope Wilton, Maggie Smith, Ronald Pickup, Celia Imrie, and Dev Patel.  I fell in love with each one of them and left feeling like I knew them and had been with them in India.  I left feeling grateful for my life, but wanting it to be more.

I highly recommend this movie and think I may go see it again because it was so good I want to make sure I didn’t miss anything.  I forgot I was watching actors.  They became real people and I was quickly invested in all of them. I don’t imagine I will ever move to India, but I am certain I will live my live out loud.  I want to embrace getting older.

It is scary to get old.  We must worry about our health, how we will manage financially, and what kind of relationship we will have with our adult children.  This wonderful movie inspires me to live the second half of my life with no fear, an open mind, a close relationship with my son, the Englishman by my side, and time spent keeping the faith.

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Ilana Angel writes two blogs for JewishJournal.com. KEEPING THE FAITH is about her worldview as a single Jewish mother, and KEEPING IT REAL is all about reality television....

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