The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2011, dir. John Madden)
Watched it on a flight and was pleasantly surprised – I’d read some (or maybe only one, I really don’t remember) mixed reviews and didn’t expect anything amazing. But overall, it was great.
Sure, parts of the story were completely clichéd and stupid (e.g. the love story, the mother not accepting the girlfriend until blablabla), but – besides being hilarious at times – it just had something so genuine about it. The overall feeling I got while watching it made up for the weaker parts of the script. The characters felt real, and I don’t know what it is, but there’s a quality to (many) British films that (most) American films lack. And by that I mean je ne sais quoi (literally). Maybe it’s the lack of that feeling of shallowness that I often get when watching American films. Anyway, back to The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, the actors’ chemistry was great, probably the main reason the story worked. And the enthusiasm of the guy who runs the hotel was kind of adorable.
Oh, and Maggie Smith is fabulous :D