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The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel - for the elderly and beautiful

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JessM Wed 08-Feb-12 09:27:09

As I won the tickets on Gransnet to go to this premiere, thought it deserved its own thread. So here's my report.
Red carpet was wreathed in marigold garlands on a cold night in Mayfair. Niece and I did get to walk on it! The end part, past the doorway was where the cast were providing prolonged photo opportunities for press.
Celia Imrie, as you can see in the photo, provided middle aged, marigold coloured glamour (hope she had her thermals) and the Indian girl Tena Desae who played the girlfriend was of course very, very gorgeous in her frothy full length gold Bollywood skirt... and bare midriff. And shoulders. I hope they did not keep her outside too long.
We were in screen 2 with the other non-VIPs but the director, Dev Patel (Slumdog Millionaire) and the gorgeous girl came up to see us, and as we were about 2 metres away from them we had a chance to admire the beauty of Dev and Tena.
The idea for the film is that a bunch of ageing English people decide, for various reasons, to leave these shores and check into the above named hotel, which is somewhat dilapidated to say the least. Dev plays the manic optimistic, ambitious young manager, trying to revive it's fortunes ("My idea is to outsource the elderly - not just from England but from other places where they don't like old people") smile
The film was a delightful, typically British comedy with moments of drama and pathos to set off the many laughs. Dench, as always looks incredibly chic throughout.
Tom Wilkinson was wonderful as the introverted and enigmatic retired judge (he is obviously NOT there because he is flat broke... so what is going on?) A great contrast to Dev's hypermania.
Not sure about the casting of Maggie Smith - she obviously has box office pulling power but it was perhaps not the best bit of casting in terms of this complex character. (I just don't believe her maybe when she puts on a working class accent)
Film also looks gorgeous because of the location.
I thoroughly enjoyed the evening and the film. Highly recommended as an antidote to winter for all you Gransnetters. And your nieces (mine is 32 and enjoyed it as much as I did).
Here is a photo of the scene on the red carpet:

greenmossgiel Wed 08-Feb-12 09:34:44

Wonderful, JessM! What a brilliant night you must have had! I'm really looking forward to seeing it when it finally reaches us here. smile

Butternut Wed 08-Feb-12 09:40:30

Great you had such a good evening Jess, and that the film was engaging. I'll look forward to seeing it!

Good review! grin

GoldenGran Wed 08-Feb-12 09:45:34

Sounds lovely, jessI can't wait to see it now, will go with DH.It was a freezing evening,I'm always amazed at how little they wear,despite the weather,still I suppose they are unlikely to turn up in their squall coats.grin

crimson Wed 08-Feb-12 09:46:49

Didn't realise it had 'Slumdog Millionaire' connections. Which reminds me of Cameron's idea that the British film industry should only plough money into 'money making ventures'. sad.

Annobel Wed 08-Feb-12 09:48:41

Thanks for the report and the review, JessM. Glad you enjoyed the evening and proximity to the stars. Did you wear something glitzy? Plus your thermals, of course. You've whetted my appetite for the film - hope it comes here soon.

JessM Wed 08-Feb-12 09:53:05

Classy rather than glitzy darling. And lots of hairspray.

glassortwo Wed 08-Feb-12 10:01:51

jess sounds as though you had a fantastic premiere, good review.

em Wed 08-Feb-12 10:18:48

Thanks for sharing that Jess. Glad you enjoyed it so much - and you've encouraged me to see the film!

JessM Wed 08-Feb-12 11:11:32

Oh yes, it is, as they so irritatingly say these days "a must see" smile

goldengirl Wed 08-Feb-12 12:13:15

What fun! It sounds a film my DD and I would enjoy.

syberia Wed 08-Feb-12 12:17:02

Thanks for telling us how you got on x

Ariadne Wed 08-Feb-12 14:12:47

Looking forward to it. Thanks, JessM envy

JessM Wed 08-Feb-12 16:15:47

Well thank you Gransnet for organising tickets. Hopefully you will get more stuff like this for us in future.

Ariadne Wed 08-Feb-12 18:58:43

But you do know that I'm glad you went? Just wish I had! wine

JessM Thu 09-Feb-12 18:12:58

Yes I do. Thanks.

Charlotta Thu 09-Feb-12 20:01:08

Am I the only one to have read this as a book in 2004? it is by Deborah Moggach and is called These Foolish Things. I read everything she writes and it is an amusing read. I don't think I will see the film as I always think Judi Dench always plays herself these days and I have my own idea what the characters in the novel are like.

JessM Thu 09-Feb-12 20:50:14

Yes she was same old Dench. Chic and twinkly and sometimes pensive.

Ariadne Fri 10-Feb-12 10:39:33

No, Carlotta I read it then too, and loved it. I had forgotten how much I liked Deborah Moggach until she was mentioned earlier on the reading thread.

I agree without about the fact than one can create one's own knowledge of the characters; I rarely go to the film of the book, but think I might go to this one, because of the credentials from people whose opinions I value.

Annobel Fri 10-Feb-12 10:54:04

Judi Dench and Celia Imrie were on BBC Breakfast TV this morning. Judi so at home in her own skin - comfy shoes and casual cardi and trousers. Looks just right whatever she wears. It's something about the way she holds herself.

yogagran Fri 10-Feb-12 21:47:07

That's lovely Jess to have a review of your "premiere visit". Thanks for telling us about it and I'm glad you had a good time. You've tempted me into going to see the film before too long

Maniac Sat 11-Feb-12 13:13:27

Thank you Charlotta for confirming that this film is based on Deborah Mogacch 's book which I read and enjoyed some time ago.
Saw Judi Dench and Dev Patel on Graham Norton show last night.
So this film is a must for me too.
Hope it comes to the Curzon in Clevedon.

greenmossgiel Sat 11-Feb-12 15:19:13

I'm really looking forward to seeing the film. I've read all of Deborah Moggach's books - very good, all of them.