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marigoldI just finished watching The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel for the third time. I consider that a very enjoyable way to spend an evening. I was thrilled when I found this movie on the film list for my Film Appreciation class. Over the six weeks of this course we will watch several movies and learn how to (appreciate and) critique them.

I originally watched this movie when a friend recommended it to me. I caught it on one of the movie channels when we first subscribed to satellite television. Then because I enjoyed it so much, I watched it a second time a few weeks later. Watching it again last night was a real treat. It certainly was no hardship. One of the things this class teaches is that you should watch a movie more than once to properly evaluate it.

This movie on the surface appears to be nothing special. It doesn’t have a lot of special effects, and it wasn’t a big budget film. It was fairly successful, though. It stars several older, well-known British actors and actresses (Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy). It is beautifully acted, well-written and charming. A group of senior citizens leave England and meet on the trip to India where they plan to live in a luxury retirement hotel. The hotel is not as advertised, however. It is dilapidated and broken down. They stay anyway. The interaction between the actors and the dialogue in the film is perfect. The story builds, and it is at times sad, humorous and romantic. I found new things to see and appreciate with each viewing. This has become one of my all-time favorite movies.

If you haven’t seen it, give it a try. I think you will like it.