Two movies for you to consider this week. One is an art film that has crossed over into the mainstream (THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL). The other is a long anticipated summer blockbuster (PROMETHEUS).
You don't have to be a senior citizen to appreciate THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL, a heartwarming comedy/drama about seven British retirees who move to India to save money.
But you'll need a strong stomach to make it through PROMETHEUS, the well made prequel to the 1979 hit film, ALIEN.
Male scientist (pointing to a large screen full of images): These are ancient civilizations separated by centuries and yet this same pictogram was discovered in every one of them.
Female scientist: I think they want us to come and find them.
Director Ridley Scott, who did the original ALIEN, brings his considerable skills to this sometimes fascinating science fiction story co-written by the same man who wrote LOST, the TV series.
For more than an hour I was absorbed the great cinematography, excellent acting, and moody story telling set in the year 2093 when a crew in outer space searches for what they believe are their prehistoric ancestors.
Android: How far would you go to get what you came all this way for? What would you be willing to do?
Scientist: Anything and everything.
That kind of arrogance pretty much assures that doom awaits and when it arrives, the horrible things that happen are gruesome and stomach churning.
Don't go to see PROMETHEUS unless you're prepared for the hard-to-watch scenes of its last hour.
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Advertisement: "Come and spend your autumn years in an Indian palace."
Seven not so well heeled British retirees are suckered into moving to India by some blatantly false advertising in THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL.
Senior citizen to the hotel manager: "I want to stay at the other hotel, the one that's in the brochure."
Manager: In India we have a saying: "Everything will be all right in the end. So if it's not all right, it is not yet the end."
Dev Patel from SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE plays the overly enthusiastic hotel manager who plays host to a wonderful cast that includes Judy Dench, Tom Wilkinson, Bill Nighy, and Maggie Smith.
Six of the seven will see their lives transformed for the better by their stay in India. And how it all happens is heartwarming and often very funny.
THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL should entertain audiences of all ages. It's one of the best films of the year.