Day #112: Nickodemus – “Mystery of Life” (feat. Andrea Montiero)
I thought for sure that after seeing The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel tonight, I wouldn’t have another reason to go to a movie theater for the rest of the year (at least not willingly). Then we saw the previews for Wes Anderson’s latest movie, Moonrise Kingdom, and all hope was restored.
In The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, a handful of British retirees travel to India with the expectations of spending their twilight years at a luxury hotel. But, it isn’t until they get there that they find the hotel in considerable disrepair. While you might expect a movie where the initially miffed guests work together to restore the ailing to its former glory, don’t. That is only the half of it. Maybe even a third of it, as the movie skillfully weaves together the British sophistication of elderly individuals at a time of self-discovery with the Bollywood follies of an ambitious young Indian man trying to prove his worth, while at the same time, trying to rebuild his father’s hotel.
Overall reaction: Bloody charming.
Favorite movie wisdom: Reference to India as a “sensory overload” for newcomers.
Moral dilemmas: Do I wait to recommend this movie to Gramma until after her trip to India with Tom in the Spring? Mayhap.
Miscellaneous: Prior to the coming attractions, we saw for the first time, a commercial for Phil’s drink of choice – Blue Moon. And, at the end of the movie, Phil pointed out our seat neighbor, who wore a non-ironic sideways ponytail, something that has started to become a trend among older women here in the city.