Movie Review : The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

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You can read my review of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel here.

Our favourite retirees are back! Picking up about 6 months or so after the original, all is well at the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. In fact, business is going so well that Sonny (Patel), along with the still prickly Muriel (Dame Maggie), who is now co-manager, travel to the US to secure funding for a second hotel. Thus the name. Clever no? 😉

With a promise to consider after one of the company’s reps have secretly visited, our intrepid pair return to the fold and await the mystery guest’s arrival.

When the very prim and British Lavinia Beech (Greig) and the dashing American novelist Guy Chambers (Gere) arrive on the same day, hilarity, as they say, ensues.

If you loved the first movie, you will love this one. With the characters familiar to us now, the story can concentrate on telling more of their stories. Evelyn (Dame Judi) and Douglas (Nighy) still pine for one another in the most romantic of romances as Evelyn steps more and more confidently into the big, wide world.

Madge (Imrie) is involved in a deliciously decadent menage a trois but it may be Carol (Hardcastle) and Norman (Pickup) who surprise us the most. Also, a possible old flame of Sunaina’s (Desai) comes back home and causes friction between our two young lovers. What ever are they all up to?

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As with the first movie, there are no flashy effects or sets just a good story and some solid acting from some major talent. Well, you don’t need flashy anything when you have the sights and sounds and colours of India as your backdrop. As our ex-pats settle into their new life, they meld into India until there is almost nothing British about the movie. You will understand what I mean when you see it.

I just adored this movie. Admittedly, it didn’t pack the punch of the first one but it was still a wonderful movie to watch and immerse yourself in for 2 hours. As with the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and The 100 Foot Journey, I am really enjoying this Brit/Bollywood hybrid genre that has such a gentle exotic appeal to it. Perhaps it’s the more mature actors and their stories that make it so appealing but whatever it is, I want more.

This is a great date night movie and definitely one for anyone who enjoys seeing the Masters and Mistresses of their craft at work. Oh and how can Richard Gere STILL be so bloody handsome. Phwoar!

4 stars

Love Flick xx

Director : John Madden

Starring : Maggie Smith, Richard Gere, Dev Patel, Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, Tamsin Greig, Penelope Wilton, Celia Imrie, David Strathairn, Tina Desai, Diana Hardcastle, Ronald Pickup, Lillete Dubey, Shazad Latif

Running Time :  122 minutes

Release Date :  26 February 2015

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