Starring: Bill Nighy, Maggie Smith, Judi Dench
Plot: A mixed group of British pensioners are seduced by promises of a luxurious retirement in a sumptuous hotel in Jaipur, India designed to cater specifically for the ‘elderly and beautiful’. The exotic dream turns out to be just that when the hotel turns out to be more street market than up market.
TM Rating: It stars Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy and Judi Dench ““ that should tell you what sort of quality you’re in for. Add Celia Imrie, Tom Wilkinson and Penelope Wilton and you’ve got a classy ensemble cast of some of the best of British actors. Slumdog Millionaire’s Dev Patel adds an Indian flavoured icing on the cake.
The idea of throwing a group of conservative British pensioners into the madness and mayhem of Indian culture is rich with comic potential and this cast doesn’t let audiences down as the golden oldies struggle to adjust to life in a luxury retirement hotel that is decidedly short on the luxury but is all the richer for it.
8/10 ““ Charming, amusing and totally engaging. The sort of classically gentle comedy that the British do best.
Screening Times: Gran Sur Cinema, 5.50pm daily until 26th April 2012