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MOVIE REVIEW: The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

| 27 March 2015 | Reply

MOVIE REVIEW: The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Directed by John Madden
Starring Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Richard Gere
Reviewed by Trulie Pinnegar

Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel movie poster

We are taken along the US Route 66 at the start of the Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel as Muriel (Maggie Smith) and Sonny (Dev Patel) have a business meeting, otherwise, the movie picks up exactly where the first one left off…but our leads seem more settled, more relaxed, more established in their surroundings.

The movie first takes us on a quick tour of the all the characters and how they are interwoven. The cinematography is gorgeous – you can almost feel the textures of the vast array of fabrics and you are sure you can smell all the colourful aromas.

The story then takes us along the exploration of what the movie title is trying to tell us: Rivals in business, rivals in love, new love in the autumn of life, relationships under pressure, even espionage…these are all the elements that tranfix us.

Of particular note are the characters who opened the movie. Muriel continues to be as exquisitely miserable as she was in the first movie. Sonny is played beautifully as the eager-to-please optimist who is always overly polite, even when his patience is tested to the limit.

Other favourites include the previously bumbling Douglas (Bill Nighy) and the self assured and self effacing Evelyn (Dame Judi Dench). We quickly become enamoured with what lies ahead for this couple.

The events that play out on the screen are captivating. One speech was so compelling that I nearly applauded at the end of it along with the characters on-screen! Newbies Lavinia (Tamsin Greig) and Guy (Richard Gere) blend in effortlessly making us wonder if we had missed seeing them in the first movie.

Not much more can be said without declaring a spoiler alert. Suffice to say, The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is NOT a sequel that disappoints. The residents may have been lost in their new environment in the first movie – but they have certainly found their way home in this one.

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