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The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

The BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL is still a run-down hotel in India’s Jaipur where a group of eccentric Englanders, played by the crème de la crème of British actors, and under the supervision of the young, hyperactive, hotel owner Dev Patel, ...


The title of the sequel to the 2012 hit BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL is the SECOND BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL, which is a plucky name for a sequel. The second film is indeed everything the first film was – sunny, playful and the film casts the crème de la crème of English film – only not quite as good. The BEST EXOTIC is still a run-down hotel in Jaipur, India in which a group of eccentric Brits are spending their golden years under the supervision of the hyperactive hotel owner, Dev Patel, and his gruff mother Lillete Dubey. Judy Dench and Bill Nighy are still quietly, and full of charm, in love with each other yet neither dares to take the next step; whereas Celia Imrie and Ronald Pickup try it out with various affairs. Tom Wilkinson, who outs himself in part 1 when he tracks down and finds his teenage love, doesn’t return to the cast in part 2. In his place, Richard Gere is introduced as the mysterious new guest who brings a new dynamic into the group. The different storylines are only sometimes credible and the entire film is carried by the wonderful and sarcastic Maggie Smith, as the confident hotel manager, and Dev Patel, who reveals his comedic talents. To watch Patel (SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE) stumble almost too enthusiastically throughout the film in his role Sonny is pure joy.

Toni Ohms

Translation: Carla MacDougall


Original title: The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
USA/Großbritannien 2015, 120 min
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Director: John Madden
Author: Ol Parker
DOP: Ben Smithard
Music: Thomas Newman
Distributor: Twentieth Century Fox
Cast: Maggie Smith, Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, David Strathairn, Celia Imrie, Richard Gere, Dev Patel, Ronald Pickup, Tamsin Greig, Lillete Dubey, Penelope Wilton, Diana Hardcastle, Tena Desae
Release: 02.04.2015


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