With an all-star cast including Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, Tom Wilkinson and Maggie Smith, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel concerns a group of British retirees travelling to India to take up residence in what they believe is a newly restored hotel.
Presenter Grant Lauchlan was joined in the Moviejuice studios for this week’s reviews by film critics Siobhan Synnot and Alistair Harkness.
Grant admitted that he went into the film with a huge amount of trepidation.
He explained: “I thought ooh, it’s going to be Carry On Pensioners, with ancient gags. There were some ancient gags, but I was bowled over by it. It really charmed me.”
Siobhan agreed: “There were ancient gags, some of them were older than the Ganges. But I liked this for being a movie that knows what it is.
“It’s not for the Club 18-30 crowd – it’s comfort food.”
However, it didn’t sit well with everyone. Alistair said: “I found it slightly condescending in a way.
“I think it is a film that’s geared towards a specific audience, it’s almost like an Expendables for grannies in a way. It gets this big-name cast, and sends them to a foreign land, and gets them to do what they do best.”
Grant reasoned: “At the end of the day, if you just wanting a good Friday night, Saturday night film, take your gran, take your mum to go see it – this is the film for you.”
However, Siobhan added: “I feel they deserved better. I think that they jokes could be less old and the plot arcs could be a little less predictable.”
Alistair chipped in: “It’s inoffensive, but with the quality of the cast, why shouldn’t they be given a better script?”
So what did they give in terms of stars? Grant went for three and a half – maybe even four! Alistair opted for an “indulgent” two and a half stars. Siobhan enjoyed it more but still had “reservations”, so gave it three.