The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

(2015)

The all-star cast of elderly greats from 2011’s smash hit The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel returns for this sequel that welcomes two new arrivals – Tamsin Greig (TV's Episodes) and Richard Gere.... More

Sonny (Dev Patel) has his eye on a promising property now that his first venture, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel for the Elderly and Beautiful, has only a single remaining vacancy – posing a rooming predicament for fresh arrivals Guy (Gere) and Lavinia (Greig). Evelyn and Douglas (Judi Dench and Bill Nighy) have now joined the Jaipur workforce, and are wondering where their regular dates for Chilla pancakes will lead, while Norman and Carol (Ronald Pickup and Diana Hardcastle) are negotiating the tricky waters of an exclusive relationship, as Madge (Celia Imrie) juggles two eligible and wealthy suitors. Perhaps the only one who may know the answers is newly installed co-manager of the hotel, Muriel (Maggie Smith), the keeper of everyone’s secrets.Hide

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Filled to the brim as it was with some of the finest older British actors around, 2012's sleeper smash The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel was often referred to as 'The Avengers for pensioners'. Which I suppose would make this follow-up 'Age of Ultron for pensioners'. The level of quality sustained in this sequel bodes well for Joss Whedon's impending blockbuster.... More

The superlatively talented cast is effortlessly engaging, and while there isn't a huge amount of drama in their various arcs, it's still a significant delight to spend more time in their company.

Maggie Smith in particular is the heart and soul of these films, and this often feels like a well-deserved ode to her unique charms. Bill Nighy and Judi Dench also manage to inject some life into the well-worn 'Will they or won't they?' trope.

New cast additions Richard Gere and Tamsin Grieg (the Quicksilver Fox and Scarlet Witch of this film?) fit into the environment nicely, with Gere once again proving his worth as an old-fashioned romantic leading man.

A misjudged subplot about murder-for-hire aside, this rarely puts a foot wrong. More sequels could stand to be this tuned in to what their audiences want.Hide


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BY ememmama superstar

Really enjoyed this film, probably not as good as the first one however still enjoyable... but I accept it isn't for everyone. I experienced a full range of emotions while watching this both happy and sad! Overall it is a little predictable but I enjoyed the continuation of this nice story and wish there were more films out there like this!


Serial movies in most cases lose the charm after the first. Although this felt very soap operaish, it maintained its charm and innocence. It was a good feel good movie. Lots of mini stories throughout. For me - the winner is the age generation, the young and the not so young all getting along like one happy family in each others company. The richness of the wisdom and knowledge of the elderly, matched with the exuberance and silliness of youth trying to be adults, each complimenting each other.... More Fascinating.
Couldnt think of a better setting than India.
Great acting by a superb cast..
Keep the series rolling.....Hide


BY GrahamP superstar

This second movie has completely run out of steam.
Sonny the hotel manager is the only actor who keeps it alive.His acting skills and charisma was outstanding.He wants to get married and does so in the end.The rest of the cast did not have enough of a storyline to work with.
It has very few laughs.The screenplay does not hold together well and is very disjointed.
It needed an interesting script with more depth.


BY MissP superstar

If you loved the first you will love the second. It's a film made for fans carrying on the stories and characters from the first and lets the audience just be submerged in this delightful British/Indian film.


BY flapper123 superstar

Never saw the first movie in this series. Went to see the second today and was captivated by the characters and the script story. There was so much depth in the plot line it was just wonderful. The flow of the film balanced out evenly, That there was no rush made it easy and manageable for the audience to sit and follow the story. The interaction between Sonny and Mrs Donnelly was lovely to behold almost like his second mother.

More movies for the older generation please.

Thoughts about... More the actors(good to see Richard Gere again) there was no doubt in my mind that every actor played the role as it should and deserve a big clap. Not forgetting the extra cast, the film's setting(beautiful) and loved those little cabs.Hide


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The Press Reviews

75% of critics recommend.
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  • Silver fox Richard Gere is the magic card up the filmmakers' sleeve for this warm if rambling sequel. Full Review

  • This is undemanding, misty-eyed stuff; carried through by its seasoned, thoroughbred performers. Full Review

  • In the first film, India was effectively a brightly coloured obstacle course for the characters to blunder through. This time, we get to see it as the prize. Full Review

  • Honestly titled if nothing else, The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is a sluggish also-ran compared to its predecessor, 2011's retirement-themed comedy-drama The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. Full Review

  • For a film conceived without any chance of a sequel in mind, "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" actually lends itself surprisingly well to being extended... Full Review

  • Whether by design or accident, the follow-up actually achieves a slight improvement upon the original in most of the departments that matter. Full Review

  • The movie delivers all of the expected elements, only more so. And who will complain about the Dames, Judi and Maggie, bowling a few good salty lines at each other? Full Review

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