The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

For weeks, I’ve been trying to make time to see The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, and on Friday, things finally worked out.

As a 20-something, I sometimes take all that I’ve earned and learned for granted. Even as a new New Yorker, I don’t think I’m living my life to the fullest. I’m happy — great job, good friends, etc. — but I’m set in my ways, and I often joke that I’m 23 going on 65.

After seeing The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, I take it back. The liveliness portrayed by the star-studded cast — including Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, Tom Wilkinson — and the young, ambitious Sonny (Dev Patel), I feel inspired . . . and a bit like a bum.

A group of older Brits relocated to India for various reasons, and spent time making adjustments to eventually feel at home, and at one with the culture. Each character had their own respective depth and relationship with India, and with the hotel, but the one consistent thing each character had was an appreciation for life, and for living.

Long at just under 2 hours, the storyline had enough ups and downs to keep the audience engaged. Evelyn (Dench) embraces a blog to tell her story, and it serves as narration for most of the film. Her thirst for culture reminds me of my Zaydie Sam, actually. At 82 — 83 on September 1 — he uses Facebook to communicate with a French pen-pal, and reads the news across cultures thanks to the interwebz.

When I left the theater, I declared that this summer would be the summer for me to try new things, if nothing else, this will be the summer that gets me to live a little.


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