We popped off to see The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel on a very hot Sunday afternoon last weekend when we wanted some respite from the heatwave. I’d been waiting for this film’s release with eager anticipation, and I wasn’t disappointed, but I was a little anxious that it might not be Dave’s cup of tea.
Luckily the movie was a winner, even better I thought than it’s precursor, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. Both of us laughed like drains, smiled and nodded at the waspishly philosophical moments, agreed about many of the allusions to ageing, and went away fired up with vim and vigour to get on with life and really ‘live’ life to the full as we get older (and older, and err, we hope older).
Who would have expected a movie about down-on-their-luck retirees — some broke, some heart-broken — to become a box office hit? I guess the star power including Maggie Smith, Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, Celia Imrie and (my old heart throb) Richard Gere helped things along a bit, but it’s the joie de vivre of the movie, the colourful scenes and the delightful messages which make it a winner, I think.
Can you believe it’s already toppled 50 Shades of Grey in the UK’s box office domination?
Anyway the movie’s about a group of retirees living in India at a rundown senior residence, aka Hotel. We watch as their lives take on new meaning, as they cope with relationship problems and we are taken on their journeys of how they tackle ageing issues too. The movie also has tender, compelling moments, and there are themes of romance and sex, loss and change, and finding meaning in life at whatever age.
In the movie each day starts with a roll call by Dev Patel’s character, to make sure everyone is still living.
Then, a charming American with a secret joins the cast. Enter, Richard Gere.
Now I would be lying not to admit that the inclusion of Richard Gere was a big plus for me. He’s around 65 now, and although he’s still gorgeous in a distinguished way, he has I would say, sadly lost his early days (Pretty Woman) sexiness. I loved, and laughed at, Celia Imrie’s sharp intake of breath in this movie and her exclamation to the effect of, “Lordy Lord have mercy on my ovaries” as Richard Gere walked into the room.
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Take home messages from the movie
Don’t try to control the future, let it flow, it’s much more fun that way.
Be true to yourself, live in the moment, don’t over think things and don’t be scared of living life.
Put your head up over all the babblement of this world
It’s nice to find someone to share life with, and by finding that someone know and appreciate how much value they give to your life.
Getting older is about knowing that re-invention can and should happen at any age.
It’s about learning to value so much more in life than just material acquisitions.
It’s knowing how important it is to be around people who care about you as you get older.
It’s about looking at getting older as a gift.
“There is no present like the time.”
Have you been to see The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel?
What is your key worry or frustration with getting older?