Posted by: greercn | March 5, 2015

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Dev Patel holds his own when placed next to any of the all-star British cast. Even when Richard Gere strolls in, it’s Dev who commands the scene. He’s only 25 and he’s already a big star. It’s a good thing he’s so charming or his success would be sickening.

This sequel picks up eight months after the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel opened. Maggie Smith and the gang are all back. The film opens in San Diego and the very funny script gets some new laughs out of old jokes.

The we are whizzed back to Jaipur and the Indian sun and warmth virtually give you a fix of Vitamin D.

Even if you haven’t seen the first film (and my companion hadn’t), this story stands by itself.

Sonny (Patel) wants to expand his care home with a difference empire. He has his eye on a second hotel. But he’s getting married to Sunaina (Tina Desai) and is distracted.

Very effective Bollywood touches lift this story to greatness. A slick script (Ol Parker) and direction (John Madden) mean there is something for everyone.

Unlike most movies, it’s squarely aimed at the older folk. The idea of a new lease of life in retirement is seductive and with Bill Nighy, Judi Dench, Celia Imrie, Ronald Pickup, Diana Hardcastle and Smith and Gere along for the ride, the acting is superb.

Lillette Dubey, Tamsin Greig, Shazad Latif, Rajesh Tailang and David Strathairn all have heart-warming scenes.

But this is Dev Patel’s movie and he keeps every eye on him, when he is on screen.

You’ll think you know what the next twist is. You may or may not be correct.

Stratford East Picturehouse was absolutely packed full of happy people who were over 60 and don’t often go to the cinema.

Everybody loved it. You’ll love it.



  1. Thank you for the review Greer I am looking forward to seeing it even more now, I loved the first one. Now it has your thumbs up, I certainly know I’m going to enjoy it.

    • I am so glad to know you, Claire. It comes down to whether you enjoy Bollywood done with a light touch and with a stellar cast. I loved it! Hope you do too.

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