A new movie has captured the interests of seniors. “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” offers a light-hearted look into the adventures of seven British retirees seeking an affordable retirement in India.
In a case of “over-promising and under-delivering” the management of the not-so-luxurious retirement hotel, “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel for the Elderly and Beautiful” lures seven retirees to exotic India as the new arrivals seek to “outsource” and reinvent their retirement in an effort to cut expenses.
The Fox Searchlight production is written by Ol Porter and directed by John Madden. Dame Judy Dench, Bill Nighy, and Maggie Smith star as three of the British retirees who are duped into staying in the ruins of a formerly-grand hotel. As the new residents adapt to their new retirement home, their lives become intertwined through shared experiences and a new focus on their lives and adventures in India.
Movie backers hoped “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”, adapted from Deborah Moggach’s 2004 novel, “These Foolish Things”, would capture the senior audience just as movies such as “The King’s Speech” in recent years and “Cocoon” in decades past. Reports indicate that British senior moviegoers supported the movie; yet, the quirky story and stellar cast is being received by younger generations of moviegoers as well. With more than 10,000 preview tickets distributed, special outings have been arranged by neighborhood senior centers in order for seniors to attend this much-anticipated movie.
The senior movie market has been approached in various ways in recent years and Americans have a a fondness for British actors and story lines. Will the movie have the same American success that it has shared in Great Britain? Will this senior-focused movie capture multi-generational interests? Let’s see! Meet you at the picture show!