Maggie Smith (two photos up) and Judi Dench (above, center) to Bill Nighy (three photos up), Tom Wilkinson (center, two photos below), Celia Imrie (seated above, center right, Penelope Wilton (below, in the penultimate photo) and Ronald Pickup (seated above, right) -- does crisp, thoughtful, concise work, making the most of those moments that add up to as full a character as this kind of movie can create.
Slumdog Millionaire's Dev Patel (above, on motorcycle), with his girlfriend (played by Tena Desai) seated behind him. He's the young man who's trying to make a "go" of the dilapidated hotel in which our ensemble is staying. Because this is, above all, a feel-good movie, that "go" is made, of course -- as is everything necessary for everyone on view. Even death, when it comes, is somehow wonderful, graceful, easy and timely. Hey, we seniors need to know that all will be well.