Retirees go to India to live out their golden years with the expectation that the accommodations will be satisfactory, sufficient, and most of all cheap, in comparison to first-world standards.
This movie examines the colonial attitudes of supposedly rich foreigners who are slumming in India. In truth, the foreign visitors are down on their luck without enough resources or the family support needed to care for themselves in their home countries, so they come to India for refuge. They end up in the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel which is far from being the best and not even close to being exotic. Yet the young Indian man, who runs the hotel, insists that everything is wonderful in spite of the fact that the entire place is totally falling apart.
The seniors are essentially trapped in the experience, because they have used their last money to get to India and have no way to return home. At first, this seems like a tragedy, but soon they all forgive the inconveniences and learn to live together by sharing their hearts with each other and find the real value in living is the connection they make with other people.
Best part of story, including ending:
This is one of the very best independent films made in 2011 and went on to gigantic worldwide success of over US$136 million box office because it is charming, sensitive, and funny as hell.
Best scene in story:
When the old guy reveals to the old woman he is gay, because it is very touching and sincere.
Opinion about the main character:
Well at first the lead actress is really stuck up and full of protocols that she thinks must be followed but after awhile she softens and we come to love her.