Film Watch – 244. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Fast Facts

Title: The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Director: John Madden
Year: 2011
Run time: 2hrs 4

Background Info

I saw trailers for this film eons ago and it never really caught my attention, until just recently when I was catching up with a podcast and heard an interview with Celia Imrie. Then I watched the trailer again, and on an evening where we needed something relaxing – this fit the bill perfectly.

Live Blog

2:15 – Brave to start with a call centre conversation. I am riled up just thinking about it.
5:15 – Liza Tarbuck!
8:01 – That is a massive bowl of fruit, a pineapple and everything! I want one of those.
11:49 – There can’t actually be old people like that!
12:20 – Judi’s going to put all her adventures on a blog. She is my total favourite.
16:30 – “First rule of India, there’s always room.”
23:50 – Offered a vision of the future, otherwise known as Photoshopping.
29:05 – Judi is reading us her blog!
33:45 – Seems like a good idea to learn how to play cricket before you go to India.
36:12 – A perfectly technical analysis of the biscuit dunking experience.
42:10 – I don’t want to sound obsessed or anything, but Judi seems like a good listener.
42:58 – How on earth is he going to find one man among so many?
44:59 – “The wheel is spinning but the hamster is dead.”
48:45 – Hehehe, Princess Margaret!
55:29 – He really doesn’t have any style to cramp.
1:00:50 – Uh oh, haggling!
1:08:56 – “When I want your opinion, I’ll give it to you.”
1:19:48 – Screaming the hotel down is not really sneaking in, is it?
1:28:06 – Aww, such a good chair to go in, too.
1:35:15 – Dot matrix printer! Awesome.
1:39:14 – I love Judi, but the Sunni character is an incredibly close second.
1:42:45 – His name is Sunni, and her name is Sunina. They are perfect for each other.
1:52:22 – I hope they packed all their stuff in his and hers cases then.
1:53:37 – Actually, he appears to only have the one case.
1:57:23 – I love the motorbike waving. Great end.


It was fabulous! So much better than I’d thought. Of course, you might have noticed, I had something of the Judi-love through the film, but each character was so well done and perfectly portrayed that they were all great. Dev Patel’s character in particular was fun, and by the end, I was rooting for him more than any of them!

Good story, if predictable at times, gorgeous locations and friendly faces. Lovely.

Rating: 5/5

One comment

  1. lou

    I adored this film when i saw it. Such a well scripted pleasure to watch. You’re so right about how well done the characters are! 🙂


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