The usual set of rounded circles you come to expect with these undemanding trifles: personal odysseys are fulfilled, prejudices overcome and those out-of-reach dreams made good. Business as usual and water trod for the umpteenth time by a cast well versed in these cliches: Smith all vinegary, Dench steel under the velvet, Nighy metropolitan boredom, etc, etc, etc. How very tiresome.
Film follows the footsteps of Slumdog Millionaire's success and a tried recipe for something conventionally unconventional. With a splash of pre-fashioned oriental "charm" and an all-star cast, it takes no risks whatsoever to emerge as anything less than likeable. Too bad, it's clumsy reunion between senior West and emerging East had potential for some bolder political or social insights.
A bunch of people of varying backgrounds share a common trip and overcome their problems or change their lives. Oh my god it is an episode of 'The Love Boat". Unfortunately tv sitcom is exactly what this picture is despite strong performances by Maggie Smith, Penelope Wilton and Bill Nighy. Film never elevates to anything memorable and much like the tea and biscuits alluded to that perfect moment never comes.