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The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2015) Reviewed By Jay

United States, 03 April 2014

 

Jay´s Review

You can rest easy, they are ALL back, all of our favorites from the successful original "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel." Even director John Madden and screenwriter Ol Parker are back; i

"There's no present like the time." Yes you read that right. Remember, this movie features elderly people; NOW think about that quote.

You can rest easy, they are ALL back, all of our favorites from the successful original "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel." Even director John Madden and screenwriter Ol Parker are back; it ain't broke so they ain't gonna fix it! This means we are in for a predictable but satisfying treat. (The screening crowd was overflowing: they had to turn away as many as got in and we were in a BIG venue!)

Here are some old friends (and a couple of new ones):

  • Dev Patel ("The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel")Sonnyis one of the most energetic, upbeat characters in recent cinematic history. He is dauntless! ...but he doesn't listen to reason AND jumps to conclusions.
  • Maggie Smith ("The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel")Murielknows if you want something done right, do it yourself! She has becomeSonny's right-hand man.
  • Bill Nighy ("The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel") With that hateful wife (sorta) out of his life, maybe things are looking up forDouglas. You'll love how he manages to conduct those tours.
  • Judi Dench ("The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel") Successful despite her shyness,Evelynwants to spend quality time doing what she loves...andDouglasis part of that.
  • Penelope Wilton ("The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel") Just whenDouglasthought he was well rid of her,Jeanshows up again.
  • Celia Imrie,Diana Hardcastle, and Ronald Pickup ("The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel") are still making the best of their golden years.
  • Tina Desai ("The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel")Sunaina's wedding date is coming fast but she still isn't sure her future mother-in-law likes her. This actress has Bollywood roots, just watch her dance!
  • Tamsin Greig (Lots of TV)Laviniabooks the last available room, but guess who shows up?
  • Richard Gere ("Arbitrage")Guy Chambersgets the room because he is a "Hotel Inspector." Gere gets stuck with the most poorly written monologue I've had the misfortune to endure. I hope he was paid well.
  • Shazad Latif (Lots of TV) HandsomeKushalcompletes with his best friendSonnyfor a new property and an old girlfriend.

Based on the success of his first hotel, our hero wants to expand. His biggest problem is his best friendKushal, who also wants to get in on the bounty.

This sequel lacks the fun of discovery we enjoyed when we saw the first one, but we are so fond of everyone, we are prepared to love it anyway.

What more can I say? Two things: 1) Dev Patel is a movie star! 2) Closed captions, please!

t ain't broke so they ain't gonna fix it! This means we are in for a predictable but satisfying treat. (The screening crowd was overflowing: they had to turn away as many as got in and we were in a BIG venue!)

Here are some old friends (and a couple of new ones):

  • Dev Patel ("The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel")Sonnyis one of the most energetic, upbeat characters in recent cinematic history. He is dauntless! ...but he doesn't listen to reason AND jumps to conclusions.
  • Maggie Smith ("The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel")Murielknows if you want something done right, do it yourself! She has becomeSonny's right-hand man.
  • Bill Nighy ("The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel") With that hateful wife (sorta) out of his life, maybe things are looking up forDouglas. You'll love how he manages to conduct those tours.
  • Judi Dench ("The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel") Successful despite her shyness,Evelynwants to spend quality time doing what she loves...andDouglasis part of that.
  • Penelope Wilton ("The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel") Just whenDouglasthought he was well rid of her,Jeanshows up again.
  • Celia Imrie,Diana Hardcastle, and Ronald Pickup ("The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel") are still making the best of their golden years.
  • Tina Desai ("The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel")Sunaina's wedding date is coming fast but she still isn't sure her future mother-in-law likes her. This actress has Bollywood roots, just watch her dance!
  • Tamsin Greig (Lots of TV)Laviniabooks the last available room, but guess who shows up?
  • Richard Gere ("Arbitrage")Guy Chambersgets the room because he is a "Hotel Inspector." Gere gets stuck with the most poorly written monologue I've had the misfortune to endure. I hope he was paid well.
  • Shazad Latif (Lots of TV) HandsomeKushalcompletes with his best friendSonnyfor a new property and an old girlfriend.

Based on the success of his first hotel, our hero wants to expand. His biggest problem is his best friendKushal, who also wants to get in on the bounty.

This sequel lacks the fun of discovery we enjoyed when we saw the first one, but we are so fond of everyone, we are prepared to love it anyway.

What more can I say? Two things: 1) Dev Patel is a movie star! 2) Closed captions, please!

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