Youghal Cine Club Presents – ‘The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’
The Mall Arts Centre Youghal 7:30PM 22nd November 2012
Dir. John Madden USA 2011 124 mins
Cert 12A (IRL) Contains moderate adult natured references and situations and infrequent strong language.
Starring: Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Tom Wilkinson, Bill Nighy
Reliable middlebrow craftman John Madden (Shakespeare In Love) makes neat work of Deborah Moggach’s novel about a group of disparate British retirees lured – for cut-rate surgery, low-overhead living, or reasons they hope to keep private – to the Indian subcontinent, where they find themselves together under the roof of the titular hotel. The cast is led by Dame Judi Dench as a long-sheltered widow looking to stand on her own two feet.
Marigold Hotel has that oh-so-tactful British touch, the seeming result of an industry-wide gentleman’s agreement to never go too far. The material is ribald but, of course, never crude and sewn with “Life begins at 60” affirmations; the plot twists are about as venerable as the cast and predictably affecting when performed with such old-hand proficiency.
Although the film is overextended by a few plot-lines too many, you’ll look forward to Tom Wilkinson’s turn as a retired high-court judge who still goes fluffy over the memory of an affair from schoolboy days and Bill Nighy as a shy, ineffably decent man, quietly surprised by how nimble he becomes in this new atmosphere.
Sinead Goggin, Event Co-Ordinator
Yew Wood Venues – Youghals Premier Venues
Inc. The Mall Arts Centre & St. Mary’s Collegiate Church
The Coach House, 7-10 Emmet Place, Youghal, Co. Cork