Sometimes, you just want to watch a happy movie. One that has a predictable ending, and it's okay because you WANT everything to work out for the characters. Ensemble cast films, when done properly, are great ("Crash," "Love Actually"). When done badly ("Valentine's Day," "New Year's Eve" - ugh), they're atrocious. "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" is, fortunately, one of the former. It's sort of a "Love Actually" for the Baby Boomer generation. Just a sweet, feel-good movie which, although occasionally slow, leaves you feeling satisfied and strangely optimistic about old age by the end.
|Look, it has famous people and everything!|
A brief summary: "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel follows a group of British retirees who decide to "outsource" their retirement to less expensive and seemingly exotic India. Enticed by advertisements for the newly restored Marigold Hotel and bolstered with visions of a life of leisure, they arrive to find the palace a shell of its former self. Though the new environment is less luxurious than imagined, they are forever transformed by their shared experiences, discovering that life and love can begin again when you let go of the past." -- (C) Fox Searchlight
|The cast, stranded at the airport on their way to the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel|
My second "thing" is sort of embarrassing. Okay, completely embarrassing. See, Jack has become enamored with a Belgian (produced in English) film called "A Turtle's Tale: Sammy's Adventures." It's actually kind of cute, one you get past the fact that the turtles are eerily human-looking.
Anyway, the film isn't the thing I love. I wouldn't admit to that in public, believe me. But the movie actually has a decent soundtrack, and one of the songs just gets stuck in my head every time Jack watches it. To the point where I had to find out what the hell this song was, since I'd never heard it before. It's called "Happy People," by Dry Spells, and the only place I can find it is (here's where I lose all credibility) MySpace. I know, I know. But it's a cute, fun, catchy song. And I like it, okay. Sue me.
Here's the link.
Now I'm going to go die of shame. Enjoy!