The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel [2012]

Directed by: John Madden
Written by: Ol Parker (based on These Foolish Things by Deborah Moggach)
Starring: Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, Dev Patel, Tom Wilkinson, Maggie Smith,  Penelope Wilton, Ronald Pickup, Celia Imrie

It’s contrived as hell and chock-full of walking clichés, but the wonderful cast of talented veterans elevate The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and make it a warm, thoroughly entertaining venture.

The development of her character might defy logic and common sense, but Maggie Smith excels as an old racist spinster. Dev Patel finally hits the screen again and shines brightly as the sunny Sonny.

Everyone’s in top form in this vibrant, equal parts funny and sad trip through India, but it’s Judi Dench (as always) and especially Bill Nighy who make a long-lasting impression.