I recently watched a movie that moved me in ways I am still trying to figure out. I have been on an emotional ride because of this movie. This movie takes a group of people and has them move to India due to some “life change”. Life forced them to make a decison that they didn’t necessarily want to make. It brilliantly gives you a touch of humour in moments that you can really relate too. You find yourself emotionally attached to each character. Let me say, there is one or two characters in the beginning that aggravate you and through their journey you begin to admire them for the change and strength that they display.
The Story is driven by a young entrepeneur, who is trying to prove himself to his mother and his girlfriend. His enthusiasm and energy have the rest of the characters commited to their adventure. Each character has a fascination with India. You are watching life unfold for the group and some of it is painful. You have a wife who has a crush on another man, her husband has squandered their life savings on a failed business venture, unbeknownst to her, that man is gay.
Don’t worry I haven’t ruined any surprise plot. The gay character states his lifestyle very early on to another character.
You have another character who still has great vigor for the bedroom activities. Unfortunately, his game isn’t what it used to be. He makes a friend of a female character who is out to marry any royality that could be hanging about in India. Those scenes make any real life club scene look like childs play. I found myself saying,
“So that’s how classy people pick up at a bar.”
The young Indian man, who owns the Hotel, well that poor soul is having money problems. You really are rooting for him. There are scenes where he’s giving an investment pitch to a local business man and you want that man to approve the investment so that the hero of the story can be with the woman of his dreams. That woman is also truly beautiful. Everyone in movies always is, aren’t they?
The point I’m trying to make is this, because if I continue to talk about the movie then I will just ruin it for you and I hate when that happens to me. My point is…
These characters are at an age where they are ready to retire. But in fact, they realize very quickly that they aren’t ready to retire and they can still fall in love if they want to. The story is told so intimately and with great strength that you find yourself making a promise to live right to your last breath. The characters find the strength to have faith in their instincts. And that’s what it really is about isn’t it? Having faith. I’m not talking about a spiritual one. Having faith in oneself.
Humans are so obsessed with death that we forget to live. It is said that planning a funeral is a major “life event”. Did you catch that contradiction? Planning your death is a life event. REALLY???
When I die please just put me in a box, no need to cushion my head, trust me I won’t get a headache or sore neck. Do you realize that you can now order to have an iPod attached to your coffin to play music to your corpse? When people visit your grave, they can put a playlist for you. I don’t even like when people touch my iPod when I’m alive and you really think I want people blaring their “taste” of music at my dead body?
If you have ever said to yourself, it’s too late for me. I want to tell you something, and please pay attention, this will be extremely profound.
It isn’t. Not for a new job. Not for going back to school. Certainly not to fall in love. Now for all of you that say,
“Oh gees, here we go with the romantic bullshit.”
It’s not too late to fall in love with yourself all over again. It’s not too late to fall in love with life. This movie has made me believe again. I believe I will be with the one person that I love. Whenever and whoever that may be. For now, I am going to live. If you want to live, then let me know, I would love to travel with you for awhile. This life journey is so much better when you do it together.
Can I give you some advise before I finish here? Please live.
“Life moves pretty fast, if you don’t stop and look around once in awhile. You could miss it.”- Ferris Bueller
Sorry I got to go now, I have a life to plan and re- arrange at my choosing.
By the way, the movie is “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”. It’s also a book.