Thursday, May 31, 2012

Please Don't Eat the Marigolds.. -- Day 145

Walk: R/T Kabuki Theater; R/T La Boulangerie
Distance:  4 miles

For some reason - lack of alternatives mostly - I went to see The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and am trying to climb out of the saccharin sump of it all.  If you have the slightest sensitivity to issues of personal aging, I say stay away. 

Here's how my favorite Rotten Tomatos reviewer (James Berardinelli) summed it up:  Those who will see The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel are looking for something calm, safe, gently humorous, and entirely unchallenging. And that's exactly what they get.  But I don't think it is 'safe' from inducing depression. - especially if you aren't just insipidly bumbling through life's tragedies and, wow, finding Light at the end of every tunnel.  And if you somehow doubt the promise of India. (Maybe it's just yoga teacher me that is up to my eyeballs with 'darling' 'amazing' 'all things coming' in India hype. India is not all rich colors and ashrams.  It is a Huge country with a long, intensely complicated past - including the Raj and caste system; along with a widely diverse socio-economic-political present and climate extremes which are are barely survivable North and South).   

Etc.  Anyway, if you're actually trying to grapple with life/getting a bit older, I say see this movie at your own risk.  Or just look at the poster below and you can probably figure out the plot and envision the acting.  Judi Dench even has a voice over blog.

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

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