The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel Reviews
Besides its sterling cast, its ace in the hole is its pungent depiction of Jaipur's teeming streets, which give an otherwise well-mannered movie a blinding splash of color.
Madden and screenwriter Ol Parker take the easiest, most familiar paths (we're still doing Viagra jokes?), dropping every opportunity to explore issues like culture clash, loneliness and mortality.
They're stuck with a script, by Ol Parker, that's stuffed with contrivance and cliche, and doggedly repetitive as it tracks its characters' efforts to find new love and adapt to new surroundings.
Basically, there's just too much crammed into "Marigold Hotel" for any of it to have impact. It may work as comfort food for old folks, but a bit less may have yielded a great deal more.