The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2015)
Critic Consensus: The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is about as original as its title -- but with a cast this talented and effortlessly charming, that hardly matters.
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as Evelyn Greenslade
as Muriel Donnelly
as Douglas Ainslie
as Sonny Kapoor
as Madge Hardcastle
as Norman Cousins
as Jean Ainslie
as Ty Burley
as Carol Parr
as American Tourist
as Douglas' Assistant
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It's a form of comfort food that delights even if it lacks surprises.
The familiar essence of this mostly palatable cocktail is elegiac sentimentality cut with English reticence.
I could have done with less of Sonny's comical wittering and more of grand dames Smith and Dench sitting around sipping drinks in the sun, but honestly? The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel wasn't made to please me.
The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is an amusing adventure. It often stops short of depth of character in favor of an easy laugh, but it doesn't shy away from a bit of heartbreak. It can be a heady mix of mirth and melancholy when it wants to be.
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Sonny attempts to buy another hotel while his guests have their own interpersonal dramas.
If the first film was all charming plot and aphorisms, the second one is all aphorisms with a hackneyed plot. As a result, the aphorisms seem much less deserved: this film is not good enough to preach. Douglas and Evelyn's stalled courtship has no plot events, Sonny's rivalry is underdeveloped, a problem easily solved but stretched out because it must fill the film's running time, Norman's plot is ridiculous and the climax is too easy, and the mystery evaluator is so predictable that I'm rather insulted this film felt the need to include that story-line. The performances are all wonderful, which is no wonder considering the talent involved, but obviously, that's not enough.
Overall, The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is a distant second to anything else you could spend two hours doing.
The romantic escapades of the inhabitants of the Marigold Hotel is the subject of this soap opera masquerading as sophisticated entertainment. This is Love, American Style for the geriatric set. Although I hope I didn't insult the early 1970s ABC TV anthology series. Seriously though. What are they feeding these folks? Even with all the amorous adventures, the production is absolute drudgery for a moviegoer to endure. Not much of consequence happens. Even the title refers to a subplot that doesn't really figure into the story until the very end. A sensible and evolving drama is clearly not a priority of the script. The narrative advances with the urgency of a three-toed sloth. Not to boast, but I'm rather proud I was able to stay awake during the snoozy happenings. Naturally everything culminates in a Bollywood style musical number at an Indian wedding. Its presence only to adhere to some checklist of clichés. By then I had already checked out of The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. My advice? Don't even bother checking in.
Rarely is a sequel any good, but I simply adored this charming comedy that warms you all over!
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