Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Cory and I saw Best Exotic Marigold Hotel on Saturday for my birthday. Can I just tell you that I positively love going to the movies? Watching movies at home? Not so much. But if I could go every week, I would. There's something so deeply restful and comforting about falling into another world for a couple of hours. I am a total sucker for the previews, too.

I'm not a movie snob by any means, but I tend to reserve most of my love for dramas. Give me a bucket of quirk - extra butter (Lars and the Real Girl). I like sad movies (Million Dollar Baby) and sometimes even weird, darkish movies (Things We Lost in the Fire). I appreciate a good romantic comedy (The Switch) or some suspense (The Town). Give me a dreamy coming-of-age movie with plenty of food mixed in and I'll give you my heart forever. (Secret Life of Bees).

I like off-the-beaten path movies. I'm begging to be transported to a place I've never been. I'm also thrilled to go back; to a time, a place, a feeling, a moment. 

Some might find Marigold Hotel a tad slow-moving. Hogwash, I say! It was perfect. I eased into a slice of life cut so exquisitely, it could have been real. That's the magic of the movies - when they make you believe that it's all mostly possible. That's what makes me cry. Maybe there is an exquisite hotel in another world devoted to the happiness of "the elderly and the beautiful". And, you know, maybe some grumpy, wounded dude like Kevin Costner really did die a tragic death at sea after realizing that he has finally found his one true love. (I cried until I nearly puked at this one, all alone in a matinee with lots of old people - old and beautiful, that is.)

So, you get it. I heart the movies. Well, most of them. I almost categorically refuse to watch action movies (i.e. anything with "awesome special effects" or "crazy car chases"), science fiction of any kind (with the notable exception of The Time Traveler's Wife), animated movies (worst mom ever), or horror flicks.

If you're anything like me, you will dig Marigold Hotel. It's so worth it just for the India parts, which is basically all of it.

What are some of your favorite movies? Title and genre, por favor.

ps - Thanks so much for all the birthday gifts that are still pouring in! :) We survived Day 2 mostly intact, save 3 needle pokes which were generously rewarded with three new Beanie Babies: a blue jay (for the bravest boy I know), a tree frog (carefully chosen for Silas) and a black poodle (for our favorite curly girl). My people can't get enough of Beanie Babies. Calvin was scandalized to see that Rocket the blue jay was born in 1997 and is, therefore, much too old to be his "child". We have since amended Calvin's age to 36 (like Mommy) and all is well.