The story follows several aging Brits needing a cheaper way to live out their golden years. They all end up at a rundown ancient hotel in
Dev Patel is excellent as the young entrepreneur who lures the "elderly but beautiful" to his hopeful enterprise.
Maggie Smith plays a feisty spinster who needs a hip replacement at Third World prices.
These major actors bring a lot of zing to otherwise predictable moments.
The bright colors and chaos of urban India add zest to a story with equal parts of laughter and tears. Overall it's a light hearted effort. But it has enough serious moments to give it the edge needed to intrigue a mature audience.
Dead and Loving It
I was not a fan of the old TV show
In this reincarnation, Barnabas Collins (
There's a playfulness to Collins' contact with modern society that charms us. With his deathly white skin, red-rimmed eyes and yellow talons, you would think people would be frightened by this stranger but they accept him, even love him – right up to the point where he sucks down their blood.
It is Barnabas who is terrorized by what he sees – a lava lamp, miniskirts, and
Burton chose his actors well –
While the ending is nothing but special effects gone wild, they are spectacular. Not since the
JOHN DEPKO is a retired senior investigator for the Orange County public defender's office. He lives in Costa Mesa and works as a licensed private investigator.