If you’re one of our Show Film First members you would have long known what the rest of the country is only now finding out – The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is a real find of a movie. A great cast of some of the finest British actors, a great story about growing old disgracefully and a beautifully exotic location all crash together on screen to create what is now being seen as something of a little phenomenon.
Show Film First previewed the film earlier in the year and it wasn’t long before we realised what we had in our midst when the preview feedbacks came flooding in:
“The most enjoyable film my husband and I have seen in a long, long time.” “Very witty, funny, emotional, with excellent storyline and a great cast!” “Absolutely brilliant!” “Great ensemble cast and wonderful views of India.” “Masterfully directed.”
And so it went on for pages and pages and pages. Still, it was quite a low-key film with no explosions or body counts and a largely older cast, so when it opened in the UK at number two with big box office numbers two weeks ago there was a collective sharp intake of breath. The question started to reverberate: is it really that good? Well, as we all know, curiosity coupled with word of mouth can be a very powerful thing. Last weekend Best Exotic managed the highly unusual feat of CLIMBING the box office chart in its second week to knock heavyweight Daniel Radcliffe chiller, The Woman in Black, from the number one spot!
You can’t really get a much better endorsement for the quality of a film. Of course, if you are one of our Show Film First members you would have been one of the people doing the telling rather than the listening…..