December 20, 2011 at 10:21 pm #47180
Can’t believe there has been no word on these boards about the previews for this film, but I do think it is a bit random too since its coming out in May of 2012.
With the director of the overrated Shakespeare in Love doing this, and Dames Dench and Smith starring as the leads, I must say this film looks pretty baiting for the 2012 Oscars.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dDY89LYxK0wDecember 21, 2011 at 5:13 am #47182
The trailer played before a film I saw a couple of weeks ago and I thought the film seemed like another dull fish-out-of-water tale. The stars or the story may be of interest to some; but I think I will save those two hours of my life for something more entertaining.June 13, 2012 at 9:13 am #47183
This film must have gone practically forgotten here, but I really enjoyed it! Funny and moving with great performances from a great cast.
Formerly known as PianoMann.June 13, 2012 at 9:30 am #47184
It was very dialogue heavy but I enjoyed it. I can’t think of a single performance that screamed Oscar worthy to me, unless they feel like campaigning for Wilkinson in Supporting. His storyline was very moving. I wanted some interaction between arguably the two greatest living actresses, that are still working, Judi Dench and Maggie Smith. Alas, they maybe have three or four lines of dialogue together. That almost felt like a waste.June 13, 2012 at 9:39 am #47185
I agree that the interaction between Dench and Smith was severly lacking… they even make note of it in one of the last scenes. I agree there really aren’t any Oscar-worthy performances here; possibly Wilkinson and Dench, who had that very effective scene at work coaching the team how to handle the sales call. Overall, just a very enjoyable film featuring some excellent actors!
Formerly known as PianoMann.June 13, 2012 at 12:35 pm #47186
For me, this was an interminable experience. Worse than that, I found it both cinematically and thematically reactionary. Not at all surprised that it was a success, but it depressed me anyway. The rent-a-cast for me was mainly embarrassing, although Tom Wilkinson managed to elevate his character a bit above the garbage.June 15, 2012 at 5:25 am #47187
Is it more “Calendar Girls” or “Eat Pray Love”?June 15, 2012 at 11:37 am #47188
It’s sort of a combination of the more annoying parts of both, but they are very apt comparisons.August 30, 2012 at 8:20 am #47189This post was found to be inappropriate by the moderators and has been removed.August 30, 2012 at 9:16 am #47190
^For Supporting Actress? I very much hope so.August 30, 2012 at 9:57 am #47191
I found it both cinematically and thematically reactionary.
I am responding to an old post, but if I were a fan of the ouevre of John Wayne, as you are, I would be a little more circumspect about throwing the “reactionary” term around.
“Reactionary” is noble white hero John Wayne waging war against all those pesky red-skinned savages.August 30, 2012 at 11:18 am #47192
I currently believe Judi Dench has a great shot at the Golden Globe nomination for this (Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy).August 30, 2012 at 12:08 pm #47193This post was found to be inappropriate by the moderators and has been removed.August 30, 2012 at 4:08 pm #47194
Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is as or more racist than any film John Wayne was ever in other than perhaps The Green Berets.
His films with the greats – John Ford and Howard Hawks – are mainly what I refer to when talking about Wayne’s talent, since with him, like every other actor, the quality of performance is almost always linked to the quality of director. He was lucky to be directed by two of the greatest (and a few other top notch ones along the way).
But by reactionary I meant stylistically/cinematically.
Sorry, but for me this film was interminably dreadful, an embarassment to everyone involved.
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