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The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel    (Continued)

June 23, 2012

This film is by no means original. Its theme is embodied in an adage repeated several times in the movie: “Everything will be all right in the end; if it's not all right, it's not the end.” Through no fault of the actors, however, this film lacks the character development necessary to support deep themes about life. By the end, we're supposed to feel a strong empathy for each, but frankly, we're not given enough basis on which to do so.

Jean (Penelope Wilton) and Douglas (Bill Nighy) are a couple whose relationship becomes strained after 40 years of marriage, yet it's never clear why they drifted apart. It's hinted frequently that Evelyn (Judi Dench), a widowed housewife, had felt oppressed by her husband, but these experiences are not used to enhance her character.

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