Niagara Gazette — Am I remembering this right?
Though they did a terrible job by mischaracterizing, stereotyping and maligning Indians vs. cowboys, didn’t the black hat, mean spirited, evil villains and bad guys always get caught and summarily punished?
Anyway, one day after reading until my tired eyes could not follow the pages anymore, having gone through all of the dozens of channels, concluding that there was absolutely nothing on television worth watching, exhausted by the banter of hours of alleged “fair and balanced” so-called “news”, I landed on a movie, “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel,” a movie that I might not otherwise have been inclined to watch.
It was the amazing photography, the stunning images that initially aroused my curiosity, but it was the dialogue, the writing that captured my imagination, causing me to release the button and drop the remote.
Most of the movie, according to what I could find about it online, was filmed in the Indian state of Rajasthan, including the cities of Jaipur and Udaipur which, according to the film’s director, John Madden, was chosen as “the place to film because the terrain felt right, most particularly the colors felt right. It’s just an incredibly rich color palette you find in that part of India. It felt right to us as the setting for the story,” he said.
Certainly the splendid scenery made it a beautiful film to watch, but the story, filled with lessons we may have missed on Saturday mornings and along the way kept my attention especially one line which seems to capture the whole point of the film, the profound words of actress Judi Dench’s character’s blog “The only, real failure is the failure to try, and the measure of success is how we cope with disappointment, as we must.”