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The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Feb. 26, 2015 UK122 Min.PG
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John Madden


Dev Patel isSonny Kapoor
Sonny Kapoor
Judi Dench isEvelyn Greenslade
Evelyn Greenslade
Richard Gere isGuy Chambers
Guy Chambers
Maggie Smith isMuriel Donnelly
Muriel Donnelly
Bill Nighy isDouglas Ainslie
Douglas Ainslie
Celia Imrie isMadge Hardcastle
Madge Hardcastle
Penelope Wilton isJean Ainslie
Jean Ainslie
Ronald Pickup isNorman Cousins
Norman Cousins
Tina Desai isSunaina


As the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel has only a single remaining vacancy – posing a rooming predicament for two fresh arrivals – Sonny pursues his expansionist dream of opening a second hotel.

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Original titleThe Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
IMDb Rating6.6 25,053 votes
TMDb Rating6.4 245 votes

(103) comments

  • Figgy66-915-598470February 26, 2015Reply

    Most Splendid

    26 February 2015 Film of Choice at The Plaza Dorchester Tonight – The
    Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. Checking into back into The Best
    Exotic Marigold Hotel was like visiting old friends with a familiarity
    that is both comfortable and welcoming. We are reintroduced to all the
    old characters as we follow the next part of their adventure in the
    home for the Elderly and Beautiful situated in Jaipur, India. You have
    to smile as the effervescent enthusiasm of the totally inept Sonny
    bubbles over in every single thing he does. Held together by the team
    around him, Sonny finds the demands on his time pulling him in all
    directions as he tries to expand his business and arrange his marriage.
    The audience were laughing throughout as we bounced back and forth
    between each character’s story and the addition of both Tamsin Grieg
    and Richard Gere were both entertaining and welcome. It was great to go
    back, the film was bright in colour, humour and emotion and I must
    confess I will be going back to see it at the cinema and definitely
    buying the DVD.

  • visforhendrix23February 26, 2015Reply

    Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel finishes last

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    Watching the ensemble of veteran actors in ‘The Second Best Exotic
    Marigold Hotel’ is like witnessing an elite retired chef belittled to
    heating up dinosaur chicken nuggets for his hungry grandchildren.

    The unnecessary sequel to a movie that needed no continuation displays
    its cast like wax statues at a Ripley’s museum — they are pleasant to
    look at, but lack any depth in a film void of any discernible story.

    The plots are scattered throughout the various rooms of the Exotic
    Marigold Hotel, and the retired Brit occupants carry on through scenes
    better served on BBC1 sitcoms.

    Sonny (Dev Patel) seeks to find investors in expanding his business to
    a second location. A U.S. retirement home business expresses interest,
    and sends an inspector under cover to inspect the hotel.

    Maggie Smith shines as Murial. Constantly grumpy, she observes the
    events for Sonny’s wedding, serving as the films moral compass, dusted
    off and carelessly used as a sporadic guidance for selfish characters.

    Douglas (Bill Nighy, another bright spot in an otherwise dim narrative)
    gives guided tours, an earpiece shoved in his ear receiving
    instructions from a local Indian boy. He fawns over widowed Evelyn
    (Judi Dench), who may leave the hotel for employment as a full-time
    fabrics buyer for a European company.

    Norman (Ronald Pickup) believes he accidentally put a hit out on his
    girlfriend Carol (Dianna Hardcastle), and is suspicious of her
    potential infidelity.

    The most irritating character arc is the blossoming romance between
    Madge (Celia Imrie) and her cabbie. He’s forced to drive her to one of
    two potential suitors, distinguished as right or left. She slowly falls
    for him, despite the driver being nothing more than the receiving end
    of a therapy session in his cab. I can’t even imagine the future mental
    repercussions, like when he wakes up trembling at night, wondering why
    he’s a single man sleeping next to an old philanderer.

    Most of the subplots are tidied up quickly, or discarded. After a
    certain amount of time with the pensioners, the audience stops caring
    about these characters, and their petty conflicts.

    The original film was a sleeper hit, grossing $137 million on a $10
    million budget, so another duplicate of the movie was a necessity. This
    one is diluted, self congratulatory, and overstays its welcome within
    the first half.

    The film seems perfect for an elderly person attending a noon matinée,
    where an escape to India beats the droll repetitions of household

    For someone in their twenties like me, its akin to visiting my parents
    at their Del Webb residence, and preoccupying myself with watching the
    residents squabble over scattered tiles of backgammon, or sweat during
    a rigorous bout of Pickleball.

  • postmortem-booksFebruary 27, 2015Reply

    Disappointing and formulaic – a ”teen” movie for the grey hairs and ever so slightly patronising.

    Hmmm…well, we all looked forward to this one didn’t we? The first was
    a hit with the grey hairs (of which I am one) and I guess someone
    looked at the receipts and thought hey, we should do this again. But,
    of course, what happens is the studio tries too hard to replicate the
    formula but in so doing creates a parody of the original. Same
    characters, mostly the same actors with the addition of Richard Gere
    (for the US market?) and Tamsin Greig. Just mix in a little local
    colour and off we go. Unfortunately, this particular gravy train runs
    out of steam pretty early on with the characters all pining after each
    other with unrequited love. Dev Patel’s character quickly becomes
    irritating and his mother’s fling with Richard Gere is a nonsense. The
    plot weaves endlessly to a point where I really couldn’t care less
    about any of the characters and wanted the whole thing to end.
    Eventually it did with a cynical reprise of the Slumdog Millionaire
    dance sequence. I guess the actors who gyrated ineffectually just
    gritted their teeth and thought of the moolah rolling into their
    accounts. One to avoid.

  • bsbulldogsFebruary 27, 2015Reply

    Besides the two Dames, everything else comes off Second-best

    I am quite convinced these days that sequels rarely deliver these days
    and the proof is in the pudding in this one so to speak. The Best
    Exotic Marigold Hotel had a refreshing feel to it as seven British
    pensioners move to Jaipur, India to retire and enjoy the culture of
    their new home whereas this movie brought nothing new to the table. I
    had the feeling this movie had the hallmarks of a stinker within say,
    the first couple of minutes and I was sitting in the theater waiting
    for this two hour bore fest escape my mind, hopefully permanently.
    Normally, I’m not a fan of Richard Gere but I will give him enough
    credit to say he wasn’t the reason why this film ended up as crappy as
    a cheap tasting vindaloo. I gave it two out of 10 and the 2 stands for
    Judi Dench and Maggie Smith, two fine British actresses who probably
    wish they hadn’t appeared in this film as I thought the two of them
    well outperformed the rest of the cast by a country mile. Biggest
    weakness besides the acting of the ensemble cast was of course a poorly
    slapped together script, much like a dog’s breakfast I might add, as
    too much was happening with too many characters and plots to follow and
    most didn’t serve much of a purpose in the grand scheme of things. I
    found one thing funny though, one of the characters, can’t remember
    who, orders a cup of tea and instead of boiling water being used, the
    water was lukewarm in the tea being served, much like this film was.

  • t_kamFebruary 27, 2015Reply

    A dish served warm

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  • stephclFebruary 27, 2015Reply

    Warm, funny……and uplifting

    I took my mum to watch this as she is the same age as the characters so
    identifies with them and plot. But I equally found it a positive take
    on the opportunities in old age albeit in an exotic somewhat
    fantastical environment. It does acknowledge the downsides of getting
    old but sends the message that these will occur anyway…….but the
    good stuff can still happen to those who are open to it, whatever your

    Fabulous casting with every character a joy to watch and all of whom
    seem to be enjoying themselves immensely.

    Some reviewers seem to be disappointed that this film isn’t ground
    breaking or ‘gritty’ enough with its plot or dialogue. But if you liked
    Best Exotic Marigold, this is like catching up with old friends who
    always make you smile. A gentle film told with humour and warmth.

  • megevans-sjmFebruary 28, 2015Reply

    A great follow-up: definitely worth the watch, warm, uplifting, funny, emotional & reflective

    Speaking critically, of course this film doesn’t deserve a 10. It’s not
    a perfect, flawless film, simple as. Nor is it ”ground-breaking”
    story-telling. But I’m still going to go ahead and rate it a 10
    regardless. Because, quite simply, I LOVE these films to death, so I’m
    incredibly biased and could never give it less. But speaking on
    non–critical terms, this film is perfectly deserving of a 10 anyway
    (and it certainly does not deserve lower than a 6 for those of you dull
    sods out there rating as such.). It’s a harmless film and isn’t there
    to be picked apart for every little plot failing it may have. It’s
    there to be enjoyed and if you let yourself, you will. It makes you
    laugh, it makes you cry, it makes you reflect. It gets the point of the
    film across splendidly – that life can be an adventure at any age. That
    is the point of the film. It’s all that you want and need it to be.

    If there’s been one word I’ve seen affiliated most with this film, it’s
    the word ”unnecessary”. You know what, I don’t think it is. Because are
    all films supposed to be ”necessary”? They exist as a form of escapism
    and to someone somewhere, a sequel to any film is greatly welcomed, as
    this film was for me. I have been waiting for this film since the day
    the companion piece (as they prefer to call it) was announced, and it
    was lovely and amusing and certainly did not disappoint. And if people
    enjoy it, why shouldn’t they make more?

    This film allows you to reunite with an incredible cast and their
    charming characters, which I’m sure are what made the first film such a
    hit. Evelyn and Douglas (Judi Dench and Bill Nighy) are the highlight
    of the film for me and seeing their tentative romance unfold is a joy
    to watch. Muriel Donnelly (Maggie Smith) also comes to the forefront of
    this film, providing her expected acerbic, hilarious one-liners but
    with the film also allowing you to see a softer side to her, which
    comes to a particularly emotional point at the film’s conclusion. Those
    three were the real highlights of the film, but the rest of the cast
    did just as brilliantly, especially the Indian cast who I’m glad to see
    had a lot more to do this time round. Lillete Dubey was wonderful as
    was Tina Desai and Seema Azmi (who I was especially glad to see
    return). Although he caused quite a stir when the line-up was first
    released, Richard Gere wasn’t a particularly exciting addition in the
    end, but that’s not to say he didn’t do a good job – mediocre, but
    still didn’t take anything away from the film. Still, it was an amazing
    cast who all played their parts flawlessly, all bringing something
    different to the story. I don’t think anyone can really argue with

    It deserves a ten because Ol Parker (screenwriter) and John Madden
    (director) did a fantastic job in creating a story that could match up
    (and better, in some respects) to a film they did not imagine warranted
    a second. It deserves a ten because it achieves what it sets out to do:
    1) provide a film to a demographic poorly provided for in the film
    industry (whilst still making sure that is doesn’t scare away younger
    viewers). 2) It generously allows you two more hours with characters
    who most certainly charmed your heart in the first. 3) It makes you
    realise that yes, ”life can be an adventure, at any age” and creates
    that feeling to want to live by that. It deserves a ten because,
    simply, take a look at the cast list. Finally, it deserves that ten
    because it’s a harmless addition to an already adored film and why the
    hell not. For another two hours with those characters I’d happily – AND
    READILY – check in to a Third Best Exotic.

  • non-thomasFebruary 28, 2015Reply

    Wonderful to welcome back old friends

    Have looked forward to this sequel and was not disappointed. It was so
    good to catch up with old friends (literally and metaphorically). Maybe
    the storyline was more diluted as less concentrated on the ‘guests’ and
    more on Sunni and his attempts to expand his empire and get married but
    the journey that the ‘guests’ had started was still ongoing. For me the
    film is a testament to the fact that old age need not be a slow descent
    into oblivion; we can lose interest before reaching the terminus or we
    can hang onto the strap handles and stick it out to the end, which is
    the message in the film and I know which I prefer. I have n’t yet found
    my personal Best Exotic Marigold Hotel but when I do hopefully Dames
    Judi & Maggie,Bill, Celia, Ronald, Diana will be my fellow travellers,
    all haphazardly supervised by Sunni. To those expecting gratuitous
    violence, blood and gore, gritty reality and leave the cinema feeling
    life is on a downward spiral, then stay away. To those who want to
    enjoy a heart warming film,rekindle faith in human nature and joy and
    expectation in life, go see it and escape this miserable, violent world
    we live in; go with your friend/lover/partner or alone – just go and
    enjoy. I am in the age group that would qualify me as a guest but I,
    like them, am still on a wonderful journey, determined to strap-hang to
    the end.

  • studioATMarch 1, 2015Reply

    Not second best at all actually

    I enjoyed the first film but even then was surprised that it was
    getting a sequel. Did it need one? Probably not.

    The excellent cast was what made the first outing so enjoyable so with
    them all back again (plus Richard Gere)regardless of the lukewarm
    reviews this film has gained it will be a hit.

    The story holds up well and gives us a further insight into each of the
    beloved characters new lives in India. My personal favourite was
    Douglas who in the hands of Bill Nighy becomes so endearing and

    It’s a little over long and a bit obvious at times but I really enjoyed
    this film and feel that it is a sequel that more than matches the

  • rthomp-8March 1, 2015Reply

    Disjointed and clichéd but still hugely enjoyable

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  • sgpfanMarch 1, 2015Reply

    Lives Up To Its Title

    They should have left well enough alone after the gem of the original
    and I should have known better to believe that a sequel can be as good
    as the original.

    It is indeed the Second Best Marigold Hotel as it pales in comparison
    to the original.

    This film is done without the panache, lilt, subtle wit, dry, sardonic
    humour and charm that made the first movie such a great watch and also
    leaves lots of questions unanswered at the end, as if the producers are
    hankering to do yet another sequel.

    If they are trying for The Third Best, I would suggest they title it
    the Third Rate Exotic Marigold Hotel instead.

  • yellowgixxer750March 2, 2015Reply

    It had big shoes to fill…

    …but managed pretty well.

    There’s a terrible risk with producing a sequel to a unique, quirky and
    successful movie. For want of a better cliché, it’s flogging a dead

    This film confronted that risk and trounced it soundly. I was wondering
    how the heck the producers would manage it, and went to the cinema
    expecting to be disappointed at best and mildly annoyed at worst. But
    no. I left uplifted, happy and feeling as though I had wasted neither
    the time nor the ticket price.

    The characters continue to develop. New characters are introduced but
    are generally given the chance to have their own back stories as well.
    The film genuinely manages to give the impression of being a candid
    look at the lives of a disparate bunch of people – their interactions,
    hopes, fears, prejudices and so on are all laid bare for us, as before,
    yet somehow it still manages to feel fresh.

    There are real, proper laughs, some fantastic one-liners and some very
    well done moments of pathos. It’s beautifully filmed and the big
    set-pieces are a delight.

    In short it steps into the large boots of its predecessor, and fills
    them nicely. Go and see it.

  • davidgeeMarch 3, 2015Reply

    Second Best or second hand?

    Richard Gere, who is turning into the kind of Old Charmer that Cary
    Grant was, provides some new glamour and finds romance in an unexpected
    – not to say unlikely – quarter. Everyone – even Sonny’s cross-patch
    ‘Mummy-ji’ and marathon moaner Penelope Wilton, making a surprise
    return – is nicer than before. Niceness is somewhat overdone in this
    overproduced – over-egged – sequel. The first film had a pleasing
    undertone: the idea that these dear old duffers were finding a place to
    live rather than die (that said, the Tom Wilkinson character is much
    missed). These are, still, a lovable bunch of characters to spend two
    hours with, but – like the cast of many a flagging sitcom – they are
    not well served by a flimsy script full of contrivances.

    SECOND BEST feels a bit second hand. Some of the performances –
    particularly Bill Nighy and Ronald Pickup – are undercooked as well as
    underwritten. Even Dame Judi seems to be floundering: it must be hard
    to take such an awfully nice character to new heights or depths. Dame
    Maggie’s valiant attempt to give the final reel a bit of gravitas is
    swamped by Sunny and Sunaina’s fully OTT Bollywood wedding.

    Less can sometimes be More, as we know. More, in the case of THE SECOND
    BEST MARIGOLD HOTEL, is – sad to say – definitely Less.

  • David Ferguson ([email protected])March 4, 2015Reply

    There’s no present like the Time

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  • tipps561March 5, 2015Reply

    A cynical ploy to cash in on the success of the charming original – best avoided

    It’s not often I go to print on this site, but this time I felt obliged
    to, having been drawn to the cinema to see the follow up to the
    wonderful Best Exotic Marigold Hotel which I saw a couple of times on
    its release. It’s refreshing to see that some other reviewers have seen
    through the layers of sugar and syrup.

    While many have enjoyed this lighthearted, colourful film as a slice of
    escapism, I have to say I struggled to stay awake as it irritated
    rather than engaged me. I went with a friend who hadn’t seen the first
    one and she loved it as it reminded her of a recent holiday to India.
    It will do well simply by drawing in the crowds who were beguiled when
    we were first introduced to the hotel and characters three years ago.

    My 4/10 score is possibly overgenerous. The script and story lines are
    contrived beyond belief, the hotel inspector ‘farce’ is ridiculous, the
    dance sequences a poor attempt to emulate Slumdog Millionaire. In
    short, the whole thing’s been dumbed down to the lowest common
    denominators to make money and I rather regret contributing to its
    inevitable financial success.

  • Neil WelchMarch 5, 2015Reply

    A happy visit with old friends

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  • badajoz-1March 5, 2015Reply

    A Poorish Sequel with little new to say

    The first film was bright, pretty truthful about old age, and extremely
    watchable. This is a surprise sequel made because the first made so
    much money – and it shows. There is a lack of invention, very poor
    script, anodyne characterisation, and, worst of all, the plot line and
    meat of the film all belong to tele/film land rather than to real older
    people. You can see why middle aged, middle class film critics are
    praising it. There is little of the worries of old people (eg death,
    families left behind in UK, reflections on the past), India is a
    sanitised OK place (no hot climate, no crowds, no dirt) so they can go
    on expiating colonial guilt, no racism (such bad form and only for Mail
    readers), and the themes and tropes all belong to familiar cinematic
    conventions – eg infidelity, second marriage, unrequited love and no
    money worries! So the piece is really only held together by two of our
    greatest thespians – Maggie Smith and Judi Dench, while the subplots
    would disgrace ‘Midsomer Murders!’ What a wretched disappointment of a
    movie. This really does patronise the grey audience it is aimed at.
    Real life or any approximation of it is totally missing. While the
    Bollywood elements are just a tack on to meet the criticisms of the
    first film by those middle aged critics again – not enough
    representation of India, dahling! Oh really!

  • jdesandoMarch 5, 2015Reply

    Light comedy at this dead time of year and amusing elderly pairings.

    ”Tho’ much is taken, much abides; and though We are not now that
    strength which in old days Moved earth and heaven; that which we are,
    we are; One equal temper of heroic hearts, Made weak by time and fate,
    but strong in will To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.”
    Tennyson’s Ulysses

    Same old, same old: The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel takes its old
    British actors like Judy Dench and Maggie Smith and gives them
    challenges related to their aging, be it cynicism about life (Smith) or
    late-in-life romance (Dench). The messages are relentless, not the
    least of which crystallized in the excerpt from Tennyson about being
    ”strong in will” and drinking life to the ”lees.”

    It’s all about seizing the moment, especially with those elders for
    whom time is a limited resource. In almost all cases, love is the
    agenda, either accepting it or fighting it. Dench’s Evelyn fights her
    attraction to adorable but frequently befuddled Douglas (Bill Nighy,
    who has faltering, hesitation speech patterns down to a science).
    Maggie Smith’s Muriel is crusty with a warm interior and definitely not
    looking for love.

    In between are others looking for love, including the most glamorous,
    Richard Gere’s Guy, who may or may not be a covert inspector for
    financing the second hotel in the emerging Marigold chain. Gere
    improbably looks for love with a mother he has just met, but it’s his
    romantic quest that carries that end of the film, improbable as it is.

    Although the senior romping is unbelievable at times, Dev Patel’s Sonny
    is plain irritating. His ”Sonny” disposition practically sinks the
    first Marigold Hotel as he mixes his jealousy over a rival for his
    fiancé with the practicalities of business. After a while his
    outlandish speeches and out-sized body motions strain credulity and the
    light romance the film should be.

    The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is the child of the first hotel
    pic, both of which have the temerity to treat old folks as real folks.
    The struggle for love and the awareness of time’s passage are the
    motifs that drive a sentimental journey with truths catering to
    Tennyson’s romantic vision of travel and life engagement.

  • indiedavidMarch 6, 2015Reply


    I was really anxious to see this film since we loved the first one but,
    as always with sequels, I had low expectations. I was not disappointed
    in any way, shape or form. There are a lot of negative reviews by
    people who don’t understand the human brain. A sequel will NEVER be the
    same as the first time you experienced a great film. You already know
    the characters, general story, etc. and there is no room for surprises.
    What you can hope for is that the journey is continued and presented in
    a manner that entertains and stays true to the first film. My wife and
    I discussed the film afterward and we both agreed that there were
    components of ”The Second” that were actually better than the first
    film. We got to know most of the characters better, we got to see
    Indian culture in much more depth and the story was much more involved
    than the first film. Overall, I have to say that this sequel was the
    best I have ever seen. It stayed true to the characters and most
    importantly to the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.

  • pefrssMarch 6, 2015Reply

    Second Best – a little bit of Bollywood

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  • euroGaryMarch 6, 2015Reply

    Second best, but in an enjoyable way

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  • jmillerdpMarch 7, 2015Reply

    Chipped-Together Sequel

    Everyone knows that sequels are mainly, if only, made to make more
    money for the studios and filmmakers. And, so it is with ”Second
    Marigold.” It has an entertaining opening, but after the opening titles
    run about 15 minutes in, the movie quickly feels chipped together. You
    definitely sense how the screenwriter is just trying to come up with
    enough various plot threads to interweave to make for a reasonable
    running time.

    There are some plot threads that work like the Bill Nighy-Judi Dench
    relationship. But, more of others that feel pretty strained, like Dev
    Patel running around freaked out and flustered for the sole sake of
    being freaked out and flustered. Definitely comes across as
    sitcom-level stuff.

    The performances are just fine, as is the direction, cinematography and
    film score. The music is by Thomas Newman, who has a good knack for
    getting into the swing of a certain musical style and providing a good
    match for the movie.

    Okay, but pretty much in-one-ear-out-the-other stuff.

    ****** (6 Out of 10 Stars)

  • Emily BoothMarch 7, 2015Reply

    A Disappointment

    In all honestly, I had not seen the 1st one, and still plan to see it.
    This movie was a disappointment. The plot wanders. The characters and
    relationships are trite. And, really, could we not have had Maggie
    Smith’s character in a better fitting wig and wardrobe? She looked so
    ill-groomed and drab. I loved the locale and the vivid color palette
    but there is no sense of the changes or adjustments one must make in
    living in a foreign country on a retiree’s income. There is one comment
    of it being cheaper which did not come from someone living there. There
    was only 1 reference to food (”oh, you must try the pancakes” which was
    said twice.). I loved the Indian actors and the big dance scene at the
    end which I always look forward to. But, the actual ending, where
    everyone scoots off into the horizon w/ their chosen partner, was so
    ”Where The Boys Are”. Spring break in Fort Lauderdale had more

  • theguests-southportMarch 7, 2015Reply

    Far from Second Best

    Many cinematic releases of late have excelled at contaminating us with
    dross, puerile swearing and mindless violence. Here then is an oasis of
    colour in both settings and characters. The first film was a
    heart-warming experience, which reacquainted viewers with what good
    cinema should be about. The sequel is equally as splendid – in my
    opinion, and judging by my fellow cinema-goers, by all of those
    attendees to. No violence, no swearing, no lavatorial humour. Gosh,
    what is the world coming to? Just dollops of old-fashioned (and I am
    not ashamed of using the term), gentle humour. The film is chock-full
    of some of our (British, that is) top-notch thespians and boy, do they
    knock anything our Yankee brethren could conceive in a million years
    into a cocked hat. Okay,Richard Gere pops up as the token ‘American’,
    but even he is out-acted by the British and Indian cast ten times over.
    For two hours of sheer entertainment, with a feel-good factor tipping
    the scales, then you will be hard pushed to beat this fine example.

  • fordmodelt FordMarch 8, 2015Reply

    Better than the original

    The original Marigold Hotel was pretty predictable, mostly populated
    with clichéd elderly British caricatures. This sequel, the ”Second
    Best” Marigold Hotel is a lot less predictable and has more substance
    to it. The ending is particularly poignant. And I’m always a sucker for
    a nice bit of Bollywood dancing. Watch out for Judy Dench joyfully
    dancing anti clockwise when everyone else is rotating clockwise in the
    big finale. I imagine the whole thing was a bit of a nightmare for the
    choreographer! Richard Gere is a nice addition to the mix, albeit
    playing exactly the same character he plays in every single movie,
    going right back to Pretty Woman. Strong performance from Dev Patel,
    though he will always be Neal from The Newsroom from now on. Thoroughly
    enjoyable movie. Plus the Bollywood dancing.

  • Bill SimsMarch 8, 2015Reply

    5-word review: Highly clichéd fun, wonderful cast

    John Madden’s milking of the grey pound continues in this spirited
    sequel to 2012 sleeper hit The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. With golden
    British acting pedigrees like Maggie Smith, Judi Dench, Bill Nighy,
    Celia Imrie, Ronald Pickup and Penelope Wilton returning from the
    first, almost all of the film’s attraction comes from seeing the
    extraordinary cast play off each other. The tea-drinking Expendables
    are joined in this sequel by sitcom star Tamsin Grieg (Black Books,
    Friday Night Dinner) and American actors Richard Gere and David
    Strathairn. However, the cast still manages to be upstaged by Slumdog
    Millionaire star Dev Patel, with his best performance since Danny
    Boyle’s 2008 Oscar-winner.

    The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel sees Sonny Kapoor (Patel) and
    cranky Mrs. Donnelly (Smith) going through the trials and tribulations
    of trying to extend their prospective hotel chain. With the news of a
    coming hotel inspector (creating scenarios straight out of Fawlty
    Towers) and Sonny’s wedding to fiancée Sunaina (Tena Desae)
    approaching, the elderly residents of the hotel struggle to cope with
    varying levels of chaos associated with their new lives in India. The
    sheer abundance of characters and their accompanying story lines makes
    for entertaining, albeit poorly paced, viewing and the stories often
    feel too unrelated from each other, not helped by the often eye-
    rolling levels of cliché. Patel, along with Smith the stand-out star,
    has some excellent comic dialogue mainly based around the running gag
    of the geriatric guests’ impending demise. Even the unoriginal
    who-might-but-doesn’t-pose-a-threat-to-his-girlfriend plot can be
    forgiven due to the film’s wit and charm.

    Maggie Smith gives another wonderful performance, the character reining
    in her bigotry from the first film to give a wiser, more observant
    performance. You know you’re good when you make Judi Dench and Bill
    Nighy somewhat of an afterthought in the plot. But that’s where the
    films succeed – like the Expendables, they would be pointless if they
    had lesser actors in the same roles. As Sonny himself says, ”It takes
    teamwork to make a dream work.” And the team that is the cast of the
    film work very well despite Grieg being under-used in her role; one
    feels that a Fran Katzenjammer-like performance would fit very nicely
    here, but the rest of the cast fill out nicely, giving the film a warm,
    quirky feel reminiscent of the country it’s set in. And cinematographer
    Ben Smithard makes India look great, especially during the wedding
    scenes. Indian weddings are always spectacular to behold, especially
    when done with the enthusiasm of Dev Patel. On the better side of being
    a three-star film, The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel may somehow
    manage to be less original than its title, but see it and you’ll
    probably have a good time. Try not to smile at its charm, and watch
    yourself fail.

  • louiseculmerMarch 8, 2015Reply

    Second Best sums it up.

    in this lacklustre sequel, the residents of the Best exotic marigold
    hotel, instead of enjoying a peaceful retirement, are all rushing round
    getting jobs and dithering over their various romantic entanglements.
    Proprietor Sonny is looking to expand, despite the fact that the first
    hotel doesn’t appear to be full. he is so absorbed in his new project
    that he is neglecting his lovely fiancée. to try and pad the film out
    to two hours, everyone keeps getting involved in pointless
    misunderstandings, which could be sorted out quite easily if anyone
    talked to each other, but they never do. there is none of the charm and
    humour that made the first film delightful to watch. This film raises
    the occasional faint smile, but no laughs such as I got from the first
    one. if you enjoyed the original film, you may like this one, but i
    wouldn’t count on it.

  • Lightkeeper35March 8, 2015Reply

    A Magnificent Film

    This film deserves a 10. It was heart warming, funny, touching and fun.
    But mostly, it deserves a 10 because in an industry that values car
    chases, explosions, gratuitous sex and pandering to a younger
    demographic, it is relieving to encounter and film and speaks to those
    of us who are usually disregarded because of our age. Through vibrant
    images, wonderful acting and exceptional storytelling, The Second Best
    Exotic Marigold Hotel, reminds the viewer that life is an adventure,
    regardless of your age and the only limits are the ones we place on
    them. This film needs to be seen and appreciated on it’s terms and it’s
    terms only. People from my generation will appreciate the positive
    message of growing old with dignity. Hopefully, those of younger
    generations will see that older persons still have value and worth. If
    they make a third installment of this film, provided they use the same
    actors and actresses, I will be first in line to see it. This really is
    an exceptional piece of film.

  • Ian JohnsonMarch 8, 2015Reply

    This film made me feel good, but lacked focus.

    The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is about a group of elderly
    people who now live in an old-folks home in India, and its manager.
    This is the type of movie that follows the paths of ten plus people as
    they deal with their respective issues. I would recommend watching the
    first movie before watching this one. While it is possible to
    understand what is going on without it, there is little to remind the
    viewers of the personalities that live in the hotel. Most of the plots
    are unrelated to each other. In the first movie, the characters mingled
    with each other and learned from each other, but in this movie, they
    typically remain separate, so the film feels choppier. Like any
    anthology, some plots with entertain more than others. Some of them
    feel very forced, while others feel very natural. There are numerous
    ‘coincidences’ and forced plot points that drag for a while before
    resolving immediately and disrupting flow. Despite this, all of them
    deal with being afraid of what you want and learning to actually live
    instead of just existing until you die. There are lots of small details
    that feel unimportant until later. This is typically a strength in my
    eyes, by there were just so many details that led to such small rewards
    that I began to not care as much. This is an enjoyable film that is not
    as good as the first but is still an entertaining, fell-good story
    about living life to the fullest.

  • CleveMan66March 8, 2015Reply

    ”The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” is second to none.

    It’s never too late to love, to learn or to really LIVE your life – or
    too early. That was the message of the surprise British hit ”The Best
    Exotic Marigold Hotel” in 2011, and that message is even more
    pronounced and entertaining in the 2015 follow-up, ”The Second Best
    Exotic Marigold Hotel” (PG, 2:02). Now, pay attention, teenagers and
    20-somethings. When I review a YA movie and it’s good, I encourage
    older adults to keep an open mind and give the film a chance. Now it’s
    the turn of all young adults reading my reviews to keep THEIR minds

    All the original cast is back for the sequel and with a few new veteran
    and younger actors joining them. The action picks up a few months after
    the story in the first film ended, with the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
    doing well, and some of its mature long-term residents beginning or
    contemplating new romantic relationships and even jobs in their new
    hometown of Jaipur, India. But this film opens very differently than
    you’d expect: Sonny Kapur (Dev Patel) is speeding down Route 66 in a
    Mustang convertible with the top down – and ignoring the protestations
    of his passenger (and co-manager of the hotel back in India), Mrs.
    Muriel Donnelly (Maggie Smith). They’re on their way to a business
    meeting with Ty Burley (David Strathairn), the head of a chain of
    extended-stay hotels that cater to the aged. The very polite and VERY
    enthusiastic Sonny and the very… direct and very proper Mrs. Donnelly
    each do their part to pitch the idea of a (using a nice play on words)
    2nd Best Exotic Marigold Hotel near the original. They have the
    customer demand, but they need investors to help them purchase a vacant
    hotel in town. Mr. Burley won’t commit, but he does agree to send an
    incognito inspector in the near future. Very excited and mildly
    encouraged (respectively), Sonny and Mrs. Donnelly head home.

    Back in Jaipur, there’s much more going on with the residents and staff
    of the hotel than just expansion plans. There’s romance in the air (as
    well as threats to romance), both for the 20-somethings and the
    70-somethings… and maybe one or two others in between. Sonny is working
    through wedding plans with his fiancé, Sunaina (Tina Desae), but feels
    threatened by old frenemy Kushal (Shazad Latif) who has been teaching
    Sunaina complicated dances for the engagement party and wedding. Randy
    old lothario Norman (Ronald Pickup – and, yes, ironically enough, that
    is his real name) alternately bemoans and appreciates having made the
    decision to be exclusive with live-in girlfriend Carol (Diana
    Hardcastle), who just may have a wandering eye of her own. Meanwhile,
    Madge (Celia Imrie), Norman’s female equivalent in the group, is being
    courted by two wealthy Indian men, but wonders if she should be looking
    in still another direction for happiness. Evelyn (Judi Dench) and
    Douglas (Bill Nighy) seem to want to get together, but both are afraid
    to make a move – and things get even more complicated when Douglas’
    wife, Jean (Penelope Wilton), shows up to finalize their divorce – and
    with their daughter (Fiona Mollison) in tow.

    Last, but certainly not least, Sonny is falling all over himself to
    impress a new guest named Guy Chambers (Richard Gere), who Sonny is
    convinced is the hotel inspector. But, much to Sonny’s dismay, Guy
    mainly seems interested in getting to know Sonny’s widowed mother
    (Lillette Dubey). (Eventually, Sonny feels compelled to set up a date
    between the two, selling Guy as ”so handsome, he has me urgently
    questioning my own sexuality” – one of the many funny lines in the
    movie – but Sonny is getting married and his mother shows no interest
    in the suave stranger.) Meanwhile, Sonny is being consistently rude to
    another new guest, Lavinia Beach (Tamsin Greig), who tells him she’s
    looking for a place for her elderly mother to live. The stress of all
    this… STUFF is getting to Sonny and he begins making mistake after
    mistake, both in his personal relationships and in his business. But
    while he’s working through all that, the hotel’s residents are making
    mistakes of their own – and jeopardizing opportunities that may never
    come again. There’s a lot going on here, but not in the
    too-difficult-to-follow way. More in the too-difficult-to-turn-away…
    way. And as these subplots unfold, the story takes more twists and
    turns than a horse-drawn taxi racing through the busy streets of

    ”The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” is an excellent movie that
    stands on its own merits, but is also everything that a sequel should
    be. The film builds on the appeal of the original – especially the
    simultaneous clashing and blending of cultures – and generations – but
    still stays fresh and relevant. The story stays true to its characters,
    takes their journey forward in natural and meaningful ways, and brings
    in new characters and new conflicts to shake things up. The script is
    creative, engaging, touching and funny. A lot of the laughs are aimed
    at the ages of the hotel’s residents, but they’re in on the joke –
    laughing with and at themselves and each other, while also saying and
    showing what lives well-lived are all about. The aging characters’
    everyday speech combines common doubts and struggles with wise words,
    reflecting a lifetime of experience, and carrying great lessons for any
    younger audience members who will make the effort to really listen. I
    found myself wishing that these characters could have their own TV
    series, but alas, what makes them appealing is exactly what makes my
    wish impossible – they really are quite old… and vibrant… and wise… and
    fun… and entirely relatable. I’ll just have to do what we should all do
    with the elders in our lives – enjoy them while we have them – and give
    them the respect they deserve. For this group of actors and filmmakers
    and their film, that’s an ”A”.

  • bbickley13-921-58664March 8, 2015Reply

    Very good sequel

    Only seems like yesterday that the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel came out.
    The ”advancement”’ of the all-star cast’s years means that they cannot
    waste any time.

    The main story centers around Dev Patel’s character, Sonny who wishes
    to open another hotel, by finding a promising investor who sends a
    secret inspector to see if it’s worth the investment. In pure sitcom
    fashion, Sonny eyes a New Character played by Richard Gere as the
    inspector and ignores all other guest in order to make him happy, even
    getting his mother involved, who the possible inspector is eying.

    Adding to his mischief is the fact that Sonny has to prepare for his
    big wedding which brings with it a possible new suitor for his wife to
    be, who becomes completion to him on a personal and professional level.

    Filling out the movie is the sub stories involving the all-star ageless
    cast who live in the hotel. Some of my favorite actors such as Bill
    Nighy and Judi Dench are back for the sequel and another new character
    played by Tamsin Greig, who I know from the series, Episodes, was also
    a delight to see in the movie.

    It’s rare to see sequels like this as far as story content. Even though
    it is a comedy, there is a lot of sophistication in it to give some of
    the seasoned actors something actual acting to do.

    At the same time, it has an appeal for a young crowd. Though by now,
    Bollywood should not be a new term for anyone, It’s setting in India
    with a a young Indian cast is a perfect balance.

    It’s also a good movie if your a fan or romance (of all ages).

    If you seen and enjoyed the first one, than the 2nd Best is worth the
    time, and for those who have not seen the first, don’t worry, it’s the
    type of movie you can jump right in and enjoy without prior knowledge.

  • rjsf96March 8, 2015Reply

    The Title Says It All

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  • lucasnochezMarch 9, 2015Reply

    Film Review: The Second Best Exotix Marigold Hotel/

    When The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel was slotted to be released on the
    same weekend as Marvel’s new powerhouse film franchise The Avengers, no
    one thought that Fox Searchlight Pictures’ counter-programming
    colourful indie would perform the way it did. Adding veteran and
    polished masterclass actors Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, Maggie Smith and
    Tom Wilkinson, the original film surpassed all expectations by grossing
    well over $130 million at the worldwide box office, alas, allowing for
    the possibility of a sequel and this review.

    Three years later, Dench, Nighy, Smith and rising young star Dev Patel
    are back for The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel in all its foreign
    glory. Spicy, ill-tempered, and relishing in the highly played escapist
    appeal of its audience, Second proves that although second servings are
    always a popular portion, it doesn’t mean they always go down as well
    as the first.

    The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is a forced, highly improbable
    sequel with outrageous plot points, a highly glorified dose of glitter,
    glam and colourful sari’s that could have been left untainted with its
    original film.

    Jumbling too many sub-plots and not focusing on the greatest issue at
    hand, Sonny (Patel) – the highly unlikely successful proprietor of the
    Best Exotic Marigold Hotel – is forced to find ways of expanding his
    fruitful hotel chain for the elderly and beautiful once the occupancy
    of his first building has reached capacity. With the help of his
    trusted and self-loathing business partner Muriel Donnelly (Smith), the
    two embark to the United States to meet with a successful hotel chain
    and it’s CEO Ty Burley (David Straitharin). With the warning of an
    investigator coming to the hotel to judge investment potential and the
    craziness of the wedding between Sonny and his beautiful bride Sunaina
    (Tina Desai) looming overhead, Sonny along with the hotels patrons must
    juggle the arrival of a potential rival and childhood friend of Sonny
    and Sunaina, Kushal (Shazad Latif), a potentially love-seeking
    investigator Guy Chambers (Richard Gere), a tuk tuk hit man, and
    ambitious dreams of the first hotel’s customers.

    Some of the best scenes of the Second are the scenes that do not intend
    to be funny at all and the ones that are most emerged into the thick of
    beautiful Indian culture. A scene involving a newly promoted Evelyn
    Greenslade (Dench) and her trusted fabrics consultant, scenes between
    the hopeless romantic Mr.Chambers and Sonny’s mother Mama G (Lillete
    Dubey), as well as some awkward historical dictating between Douglas
    Ainslie and a young Indian boy are easily among the most charming
    scenes in the film – the ones that bring you back and offer a reminder
    of the original film’s charm.

    Dev Patel, who is making a great impression in Hollywood following a
    very affecting and fantastic turn as Jamal in Slumdog Millionaire, as
    well as an amazing supporting turn in HBO’s The Newsroom, is enjoying
    immense success in 2015, relishing the release of not only one film
    this week, but also his sci-fi project with District 9 director Neill
    Blomkamp Chappie. The latter is in fact by far the better of the two
    performances. In The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Patel plays
    into so many Westernized Indian stereotypes that were tastefully fought
    off in his feature film debut. Patel’s fast talking, highly irrational,
    clutter brained Sonny is a departure from Patel’s talents. Hopefully,
    audiences will see the potential of his talent in the underrated

    Inconsiderate to conflict and adding too much to the characters and the
    simple plot that could have been developed better in the writing room,
    Ol Parker should have focused more on the main issues surrounding the
    hotel and its faithful customers, as opposed to preposterous hits along
    with returning characters we have no time and patience for.

    While The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel shares in its love for the
    beautiful and under- utilized Indian landscape, the main view centring
    each and every frame of the film is the story we care the least about.
    One of the best qualities of The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is
    its ability to take special moments and make them goofy, depriving all
    the light-hearted love that so graciously held together the first film.
    Sadly, it looks like this might be the last time we check into the Best
    Exotic Marigold Hotel. Unless of course, it makes money. I say, leave
    this latest unnecessary sequel for a bored night in with some room

  • Tim JohnsonMarch 9, 2015Reply

    Could it be that the second is really the best?

    I thought that this second film in sequence was at least as good as the
    first; it began at a slower, to me, pace as the first but about halfway
    through this sequel picked up pace and exceeded the First Marigold

    Diane and I just returned from watching this anticipated sequel and her
    opinions differed considerably from mine in that she was disappointed
    by this sequel because there was no anticipation in the action of the
    film. She could mentally anticipate everything that was to occur as the
    film progressed; I on the other hand did not care if I knew what was
    going to happen because I showered (I know, terrible metaphor) in the
    beauty of India that was captured so well by the cinematographer and
    the director that blocked out the shots. The lighting was superb
    bringing in the beauty of what must be one of the most split level
    incomes in world economics.

    I do not want to write a spoiler but I must say that Devi Patel, the
    young man who plays the lead role, shows his dancing abilities at the
    end of the film during his wedding. The wedding was anticipated but his
    dancing ability took me by surprise because it was clouded by his sort
    of inept persona throughout the earlier scenes. A delightful film; try
    all that you can to see it.

  • Edgar Allan PoohMarch 10, 2015Reply

    Unless someone resorts to digital trickery . . .

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  • dglinkMarch 11, 2015Reply

    Can’t Quite Match the Original, despite Maggie, Judi, and Penelope

    The ”crumbling ruins” return to the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel in
    Jaipur, India, and the results will please most viewers who enjoyed the
    first outing. Of course, with Maggie Smith, Judi Dench, and Penelope
    Wilton on hand, even a sequel that falls short of the original will
    have its moments, thanks to a cast and crew of solid pros. With the
    notable exception of Tom Wilkinson and the addition of Richard Gere,
    the welcome guests at the hotel are more or less the same, and director
    John Madden also returns to helm this amiable followup.

    Spun loosely around the concept of adding a second hotel, because the
    first is fully booked, the screenplay by Ol Parker, who also penned the
    original, shifts the focus from the English pensioners to the Indian
    manager, his family, and the hotel’s staff. While those seeking Maggie
    Smith’s tart comments or Penelope Wilton’s pointed cracks may feel
    slighted, Dev Patel steps up with an exuberant performance as Sonny
    Kapoor, the eager, if slightly daft, hotel manager. Sonny juggles
    preparations for his wedding, sparring with a perceived rival for his
    fiancée, and seeking financial backing for a second hotel, while
    checking that none of the aging lodgers has expired during the night
    and encouraging a guest’s flirtation with his mother. A lot to handle,
    and Patel does well, even demonstrating his energetic dancing talent
    during the colorful wedding reception

    While Patel handles the young romance, the film also seems anxious to
    affirm that those beyond age 60 still have sex lives and romantic
    longings. Both Celia Imrie and Diana Hardcastle hotly pursue male
    conquests throughout the film to prove the first point. Meanwhile, the
    search for sentimental romance during the golden years is left to Judi
    Dench and Bill Nighy, while Maggie Smith has to make do ”planting trees
    under whose shade she will never sit.” While Imrie has the hots for
    everything in pants, including the admittedly 64-year-old Richard Gere,
    Gere chases Sonny’s mother, lovely Lilette Dubey.

    Romance, sex, infectious Indian music and dancing, an attractive
    seasoned cast, the film should have been better. A bittersweet tinge
    infuses the proceedings, and perhaps too many jokes and references to
    age and infirmities are made; the film’s target audience is from the
    same generation as the lead actors, and reminders of failing health and
    mortality are not always funny to those facing them. The message to
    live in the moment and grasp fleeting opportunities for happiness,
    whatever your age, are familiar, but worth repeating. However, despite
    a reunion of the cast, director, and writer of the first film, ”The
    Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” is definitely second best.

  • Thomas BlumeMarch 12, 2015Reply

    A Classy British Movie paired with colorful Indian charm does not disappoint in this not to be missed feel good flick.

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  • maurice yacowarMarch 12, 2015Reply

    More senior romances and fumblings as original Indian hotel seeks to expand

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  • Quietb-1March 13, 2015Reply

    Second Best is second best

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  • Lloyd BayerMarch 13, 2015Reply

    As a welcome encore, this sequel continues to draw us in largely due to the incredible chemistry of its ensemble cast.

    For all those who loved the first film, The Second Best Exotic Marigold
    Hotel is a welcome encore with a few surprises from the creators. With
    the entire cast returning, albeit with a few nifty additions, this time
    it’s about second chances and why the journey matters more than the

    The downsides of aging are inevitable but it doesn’t have to be the end
    of the world. We got that message from the first film – The Best Exotic
    Marigold Hotel. Going back to Jaipur for this sequel, we find that our
    lovable British pensioners are thriving, happy with their retirement
    home and carrying out odd jobs to keep themselves active. Douglas (Bill
    Nighy) is now the local tour guide who knows as much about the city as
    his tourists, while Evelyn (Judi Dench) has a new interest in Indian
    fabrics. Their unconsummated infatuation is stretched even further in
    this film. Celia (Madge Hardcastle) is a man-eater on the prowl, while
    Norman (Ronald Pickup) is open to promiscuity. As Muriel, Maggi Smith
    takes over the film’s narrative duties from Dench while also assisting
    Sonny (Dev Patel) with the upkeep of the hotel. Meanwhile, the hotel is
    doing well and Sonny is looking to expand but continues to be a naïve
    entrepreneur. His foolhardy decisions don’t sit well with fiancé
    Sunaina (Tina Desai) even as their marriage preparations are in order.
    In the midst of all the commotion, in walks Guy Chambers (Richard Gere)
    and sweeps everyone off their feet (including members of the audience).
    As the only American guest, Guy appears to be working on his first
    novel but Muriel’s observation reveals that he may not be who he says
    he is. Even worse is the case of mistaken identity that could easily
    undermine the success of the titular hotel.

    Returning screenwriter Ol Parker and director John Madden riddles the
    story with the bitter truth of aging while using every opportunity to
    bring back the warmth and charm of the first film. And just like the
    first film, each character is either tasked with making us laugh or
    reflect on why age is just a number. British actor Patel is at the
    forefront of the gags with a beefed up Indian accent and equipped with
    self-composed axioms that are both ridiculous and hysterical. It works
    in his favour as a comedian but veers off on a tangent during some of
    the more dramatic subplots involving his fiancé. But just when you
    think the story has reached a saturated lull, it picks up and then
    hurtles towards an explosive, ala Bollywood styled Dhinchak conclusion.

    Comic timing, witty punctuations and the incredible chemistry of its
    ensemble cast more than makes up for occasional periods of hackneyed
    melodrama. Nighy and Gere will charm your socks off while Dench and
    Smith will strong-arm you into believing that younger and prettier is
    no match for older and wiser. More than anything, Parker’s story
    reiterates that old age is not about waiting for twilight but in making
    every moment count before finally ‘checking out’. And as with age,
    ‘second best’ can only mean a perceived frame of belief.

  • bob-the-movie-manMarch 14, 2015Reply

    Yet more of the dame(s)

    The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel was a surprise hit in 2012, leveraging
    the ”oldies” out of their armchairs and into the cinemas in droves: the
    film returned around 15 times its modest $10M budget. Now three years
    later comes the sequel – the amusingly titled ”Second Best Exotic
    Marigold Hotel”, and its much of the same again. After all, why break a
    winning formula? Set eight months after the original, and with an
    enviable occupancy record, expansion is on the cards for the Marigold
    Hotel. Sonny (Dev Patel) and Muriel (Maggie Smith) head to San Diego in
    search of investment funding from the US company Evergreen Inc, with
    the view to expand the franchise into a second property and beyond.
    There is interest from the owner Ty Burley (David Strathairn, probably
    best known as the head of Treadstone in the Bourne films) but that
    interest also brings the threat of a hotel inspector making Sonny (now
    back in India) suspicious of every new face. Richard Gere’s appearance
    as a wannabe novelist sparks a particularly frantic burst of
    sucking-up, the farce surrounding these scenes being very reminiscent
    of the famous Fawlty Towers episode.

    Sonny and Sunaina (Tina Desai) are to be married, and the storyline
    compounds the stresses associated with the business expansion with the
    stresses associated with the rituals and relationships surrounding the
    nuptials. Adding fuel to the fire is the unwelcome intervention – in
    both love and business – of a rich and good-looking family friend and
    rival (Shazad Latif), bringing the couple’s relationship to breaking
    point. In a slew of secondary story lines, the rest of the ensemble
    cast comprising Bill Nighy, Judi Dench, Ronald Pickup, Celia Imrie,
    Diana Hardcastle (sidenote: wife of Tom Wilkinson) and Penelope Wilton
    pursue love and happiness against the romantic backdrop of Jaipur.

    It is hard to actively dislike this film. Like the first film, and like
    similar recent films such as The Hundred Foot Journey, the esteemed
    cast demands your attention from the off and the lush colours of India
    (strikingly enhanced by the job of Evelyn – Judi Dench – in fabric
    procurement) wrap around you and warm you like a favourite cardigan.
    The script entertains, with good humour throughout and a smattering of
    laugh-out-loud lines. In terms of the acting, there is nothing like a
    Dame and both Dench and Smith are once again excellent, displaying
    nuanced and – particularly in Smith’s case – very moving performances.
    Bill Nighy (after the strikingly different performance in ”Pride”) is
    back into reliable Bill Nighy acting territory again! New to the cast
    in this outing is one of my favourite comedy actresses Tamsin Greig
    (”Episodes”) and Richard Gere, looking more silver-fox than ever.

    But a particular joy for me was Ronald Pickup, celebrating 50 years in
    the business (after a debut in Dr Who!) who turns in a stellar
    performance as the besotted but slightly neurotic Norman Cousins.

    Another star of the film is India itself. Having had the opportunity to
    travel extensively, I have never been particularly drawn to India: but
    this film does more for the Indian Tourist Board than a host of travel
    brochures ever could. Jaipur looks breath-taking – who knew they had a
    ”Great Wall of China”? – and I may need to reconsider my future travel

    John Madden (”Mrs Brown”, ”Shakespeare in Love”) directs again, with
    Thomas Newman scoring.

    Any sequel will naturally be compared against its original and, whilst
    good, this is no ”Empire Strikes Back”. The film tries to partition
    itself into the different stages of the wedding preparations, but this
    becomes rather forced and irritating, particularly since the whole
    wedding storyline, and the mining of Sonny’s jealous streak, gets a bit
    tiresome. I yearned to be left alone with more time for the quieter and
    more subtle love story lines permeating the rest of the film.

    The script also tends to overly labour the ‘you’re old so you’re about
    to die’ angle in a manner that seems at times to be rather patronising.

    But in summary, if you enjoyed the original then you won’t find the
    sequel to be much of a disappointment.

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  • benoit_03March 15, 2015Reply

    No ‘second best’ about it, every bit as pleasant as the first.

    Everyone loves a bit of Brit. What made ‘The Best’ so pleasing was the
    brilliant performances and dry humour from the cream of Britain’s OAPs,
    and ‘The Second Best’ triumphs just the same. Equally as ‘best’ as the

    Eight months have passed since the end of the first film and we follow
    hotel co-managers Sonny and Mrs Donnelly (of which Dame Maggie Smith
    provides a stellar performance, with undoubtedly a little of herself
    showing through) trying to obtain funding to buy another hotel and
    expand their franchise, while Sonny’s wedding is being planned
    alongside this. There’s a real feel-good air for the full two hours and
    the cast really do well in keeping up the humour and charm that we have
    come to expect from the Blighty seniors.

    Trust a film teeming with feel good actors to teach us some feel good
    morals, like not putting work over life and that love can never come
    too late – with Bill Nighy and Judi Dench evidencing the latter with
    numerous ‘will they, won’t they’ exchanges all the way – and with a
    film that rarely gives us a teary moment, there’s still an excess of
    emotion building up to the final act and a sweet, reflective sign off
    to end.

    Will there be a Third Best Hotel in Sonny’s chain? It certainly doesn’t
    cliffhang for another, but neither did the first, so let’s wait a
    couple years. Third time, as they say, is a charm.

  • happy_hangmanMarch 15, 2015Reply

    Does Exactly What It Sets Out To

    ‘The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’ does exactly what you would
    expect. The (surviving) characters from the first film are back, still
    as emotionally repressed and oh-so-terribly British as ever, and the
    Indian characters still an inch away from their own cultural
    caricature. Maggie Smith is bitchy. Judi Dench capable but indecisive
    and Bill Nighy is…pretty much every character Bill Nighy has played
    over the last decade. Richard Gere, now officially a wrinkly, is thrown
    into the mix as a confident, careerist American…just to add another
    cultural archetype to the mix. In some ways, though, the over- reliance
    upon clichéd character-types is no bad thing. No one does dotty old
    curmudgeons quite like Dame Maggie (and I am really looking forward to
    her appearance in the film of Alan Bennet’s ‘The Lady In the Van’,
    later this year). Dench is the very embodiment of conflicted
    capability, and Repressed is Bill Nighy’s middle name. It’s good
    natured, undemanding froth with no pretensions. Ol Parker and John
    Madden clearly love their characters, and however silly the scenarios
    he develops for them, he lets them retain their dignity…and lets his
    cast relax and do what they are best at. And, as with the original
    movie, India is photographed quite beautifully.

  • vincentlynch-moonoiMarch 17, 2015Reply

    Almost as good as the original

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  • monstermayhem32March 18, 2015Reply

    The continuing adventures of the Marigold Hotel

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  • fiona_r_lambMarch 19, 2015Reply

    Good but ending could have been better

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  • shawneofthedeadMarch 20, 2015Reply

    There’s no second-best about it – this sequel is every bit as delightful as its predecessor.

    Sequels that were never meant to be are such a tricky proposition. Most
    of the time, they’re rushed hastily into production to cash in on a
    phenomenon. Almost always, they’re never as good as the original films,
    since happy endings have to be picked apart as the same story is
    labouriously told again. By all accounts, The Second Best Exotic
    Marigold Hotel should be terrible. And yet, director James Madden and
    screenwriter Ol Parker, returning to the series after the unexpected
    smash-hit success of 2011’s The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, have done
    the impossible. This sunny sequel – though a little overstuffed
    plot-wise – is a shot of sweet, tender joy, its charms frequently
    outweighing its contrivances.

    We return to Jaipur, India, to discover that the Best Exotic Marigold
    Hotel is doing great business – so great that its eternally optimistic
    owner, Sonny (Dev Patel), is trying desperately to find a second site
    for another retirement hotel. Despite the calming efforts of perenially
    grumpy hotel manager Muriel (Maggie Smith), Sonny gets so caught up in
    it all that a wedge is driven between himself and his fiancée Sunaina
    (Tina Desai) as they plan for their wedding.

    At the same time, the hotel residents we met in the first film are
    still struggling with life and love in Jaipur. Evelyn (Judi Dench)
    can’t quite seem to commit to a relationship with Douglas (Bill Nighy),
    even after he left his shrew of a wife Jean (Penelope Wilton) for her.
    Madge (Celia Imrie) is still dithering between suitors, whilst Norman
    (Ronald Pickup) tries to figure out how serious he wants his romance
    with Carol (Diana Hardcastle) to be. Meanwhile, Sonny is convinced that
    Guy (Richard Gere) and not Lavinia (Tamsin Greig) – two new residents
    at the Hotel – is a property scout who will determine if he can get
    funding for his expansion plans.

    That’s a lot of story, even for an ensemble piece. It’s really the
    biggest problem with The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel – the film
    dashes breathlessly from character to character, even when some of them
    overstay their welcome. The sub-plot within Norman’s narrative, in
    which he thinks he might accidentally have taken out a hit on Carol,
    feels especially silly. Although a couple of nice character beats can
    be found in Guy’s flirtation with Mrs Kapoor (Lillete Dubey), Sonny’s
    mother, it’s not given enough depth or attention to be truly effective.
    Greig, a wonderfully gifted comedienne, is almost completely wasted as
    Lavinia hovers in the background and forges a connection with Kushal
    (Shazad Latif), Sonny’s self-appointed nemesis.

    And yet, it’s easy to forgive the screenplay when it does such a good
    job in juggling almost everything else that’s on its plate. The final
    film, packed with as much wit and heart, is a joyful jumble of stories
    that feels somehow appropriate, just like the messy, beautiful world in
    which all the characters have chosen to live. It also comes as a
    genuine surprise how much deeply-felt sorrow and insight Parker manages
    to inject into the proceedings. He finds a credible way to explore the
    almost-illicit connection that sprang up in the first film between
    Evelyn and Douglas, shading doubt and complexity into the relationship
    in a very credible way. In a particularly well-handled subplot, he
    explores the profound wells of humanity within the ever-caustic Muriel.
    There’s even a moment when Jean, all prickles and insults, is offered a
    touch of sympathy – a hint at why she behaves in the callous, hard way
    she does.

    It helps, of course, that this stellar cast remains eminently capable
    of communicating oceans of emotions in a mere handful of scenes.
    Nighy’s Douglas is a tender whirlwind of charm, albeit one who can no
    longer remember details without the help of an off-site prompter (a
    character trait that pays off in a most delightful way). Imrie lends
    weight to the flighty Madge’s romantic travails, and Wilton conjures up
    an entire inner life for her antagonistic character in the space of a
    few moments. Patel acquits himself very well alongside the veteran
    members of the cast, radiating good cheer in almost nuclear proportions
    – quite enough to carry Sonny through his more selfish, annoying
    moments in the film.

    But The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel truly belongs to its two
    grande dames. Dench is powerfully convincing as a woman who’s tentative
    – even terrified – about all the new avenues opening up in a life she
    had come close to thinking was over. Although her storyline is kept
    deliberately in the background, Smith steals every scene she’s in,
    reeling off perfectly tart zingers even as she walks away with the
    heart and soul of the entire film. The screen, of course, lights up
    when they share it, trading insults and insights in equal measure.

    Strictly speaking, this isn’t a great movie: it’s plainly an attempt to
    cash in on the unexpected success of a surprisingly cute ensemble
    comedy about aging gracefully in India. Madden, Parker and their
    illustrious cast hit upon something quite magical in the first film; it
    would seem almost ridiculous to expect lightning to strike twice in the
    same place. And yet, The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel somehow
    works, and even occasionally trumps its predecessor in doling out a
    good share of rich laughs, local flavour and colourful charm.

  • rogerdarlingtonMarch 21, 2015Reply

    Only just ‘second best’

    I loved the original film and it helped that I fall squarely in the
    older demographic at which it was aimed, although it was so joyous it
    rightly won a wide audience. Sequels rarely have the freshness of the
    first in a franchise but, if this is indeed ‘second best’, then it
    falls only a little short of the delight of the original outing.

    In large part, this is obviously because we have the same director
    (John Madden) and writer (Oliver Parker), all the same British aged
    hotel occupants (except the one who died), several of the same Indian
    characters (led by the British Dev Patel), and the same location
    (although we see a little more of Jaipur and visit Mumbai). An attempt
    has clearly been made to broaden the appeal to American viewers by
    opening the new narrative in the United States and introducing some
    American characters (played by Richard Gere and David Strathairn). This
    time, we even have an Indian wedding and a Bollywood-type dance
    sequence. What’s not to like?

    In an ensemble cast, one again has to single out the two Dames: Judi
    Dench and Maggie Smith (both now 80) who are simply wonderful. Plotwise
    things do not move that much further forward: as the title suggests,
    Sonny (Patel) is trying to expand his hotel operations, but most of the
    story lines concern the efforts of all concerned to find or keep a
    partner or at least a renewed sense of worth. At one point, the Dench
    character insists: ”I just need time”. But then she is asked: ”How much
    time have you have?” As long as this cast is around, I’ll always have
    time for them.

  • mifunesamuraiMarch 22, 2015Reply

    Reuniting with familiar faces…

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  • DarkVulcan29 ([email protected])March 22, 2015Reply

    I enjoyed the second ride

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  • Andrew MarshallMarch 24, 2015Reply

    More fun for Marigold lovers

    I think it is stating the blindingly obvious to say that the vast
    majority of people who loved the first Marigold movie will also love
    this movie.

    The cast of the first movie are back for another Indian adventure. The
    movie follows the desire of Sonny (Dev Patel) to branch out and open
    more hotels on the back of the success of the Marigold hotel. The
    advantage of a second movie is that we already know all the characters,
    so we can focus attention on the plot. There are a few plot strands,
    but they’re all fairly easy to keep up with.

    Patel is very watchable throughout and the same can be said for the
    rest of the ‘big name’ cast. Whether you liked or disliked the first
    movie, you’ll almost certainly have the same conclusions of the second.
    I for one found it a pretty light hearted way to spend a couple of

  • Anurag-ShettyMarch 24, 2015Reply

    As charming as the first.

    The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel takes place 8 months after the
    events of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. Due to the growing number of
    guests at The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Sonny Kapoor(Dev Patel) &
    Muriel Donnelly(Maggie Smith) have plans to open a second branch of the
    Marigold Hotel. All the characters of the first film like, Muriel
    Donnelly, Evelyn Greenslade(Judi Dench), Douglas Ainslie(Bill Nighy),
    Madge Hardcastle(Celia Imrie) & Norman Cousins(Ronald Pickup) have
    adjusted well to life at The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. When two new
    guests named Guy Chambers(Richard Gere) & Lavinia Beech(Tamsin Greig)
    arrive at the hotel & there are not enough rooms available, Sonny &
    Muriel realize that their plans to open another Marigold Hotel should
    be achieved as soon as possible. Meanwhile, Sonny is also getting
    married to the girl of his dreams, Sunaina(Tina Desai).

    The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is an endearing film. Though this
    sequel seemed like a cash cow before its release, it holds its own &
    makes all the characters grow from the first film. It’s nice to see all
    the characters adjust comfortably to their life in India. However, due
    to the characters’ familiarity with Udaipur(where the film takes
    place), this removes much of the humor element from its predecessor. In
    the first movie seeing the various characters react to the ways of
    Indian life was hilarious. However, this movie is more emotionally
    satisfying. I loved the subplots of all the characters. It’s nice to
    see most of the characters have steady jobs in the film. The Bollywood
    dance sequence towards the end, is one of the highlights of the film.
    It was amazing to see aged thespians like Judi Dench, Bill Nighy,
    Richard Gere & the likes dancing to the popular Bollywood dance number,
    Jhoom Barabar Jhoom. Udaipur looks gorgeous in the film & brilliantly
    captures the essence of India. The performances are the highlight of
    the film. Judi Dench is outstanding as Evelyn Greenslade. Maggie Smith
    is spectacular as Muriel Donnelly. Bill Nighy is mind blowing as
    Douglas Ainslie. Dev Patel is awesome as Sonny Kapoor. I liked the fact
    that Patel didn’t make his performance as over the top as last time.
    Celia Imrie is good as Madge Hardcastle. Penelope Wilton is impressive
    as Jean Ainslie. Ronald Pickup is great as Norman Cousins. Diana
    Hardcastle is effective as Carol Parr. Richard Gere is super as Guy
    Chambers. Tamsin Greig is adorably awkward as Lavinia Beech. Tina Desai
    & Lillete Dubey are incredible as Sunaina & Mrs. Kapoor respectively.
    I’ll sign off by saying, the second trip to the Marigold Hotel is
    definitely worth it.

  • Sun FlowerMarch 24, 2015Reply

    Beautiful but Meh

    I loved the original movie and found this one far less enjoyable and
    inspiring, although it’s always nice to spend a couple of hours with
    Bill Nighy, Maggie Smith, Judy Dench, and the rest of this talented
    cast. The story in the first movie was definitely stronger. This seemed
    to me to be lazy filmmaking: relying on the cast, the cinematography,
    Bollywood dancing, and the cultural beauty of an Indian wedding, all of
    which I enjoyed but which ultimately did not make up for the lack of
    story. With such fine actors, they could have done so much more. Judy
    Dench and Maggie Smith were just captivating, and Bill Nighy gave a
    powerful performance. I loved the use of color and was amazed at how
    striking all these actors are, even at their age.

  • macster-362-687712March 27, 2015Reply

    Brit actors carry this one… Gere doesn’t fit…

    I know seconds of anything are never as good as the original, but I was
    really disappointed with this one. If it were not for the primo British
    talent in this movie, I would have walked. You can’t go wrong with
    Maggie, Judy, Bill, Celia and Penelope. They sparkled.

    Richard Gere just didn’t ‘fit’ in. In one scene where he attempts to
    woo a female interest (as usual), it was comical. In fact, it was so
    full of dumb clichés that both me and the person I attended with,
    looked at each other and burst into laughter. Nothing genuine about it.

    I wouldn’t waste my money on seeing it on the big screen. A Redbox
    item; yes.

  • jadepietroMarch 28, 2015Reply

    Second Class Accommodations

    (Rating: ☆☆ out of 4)

    This film is not recommended.

    In brief: A dull sequel that is essentially a cut-and-paste job of its
    original 2012 predecessor.

    GRADE: C+

    The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is truth in advertising; It is
    second best. Compared to its original source, this film lacks any spark
    of originality or joy. Instead the filmmakers follow its successful
    tried-and-true formula by hiring its wonderful British cast of
    thespians once again, bringing in the same team of talent behind the
    camera as well (screenwriter Ol Parker and director John Madden), and
    playing up the same colorful Indian locations and elder problems.
    Nostalgia reigns foremost and there is never much excitement or
    emotional engagement as there was in the first film. While this sequel
    still entertains, it remains weary and fatigued like its aged
    travelers. What was once wry and droll is now dry and dull.

    The film still amuses, mostly due the actors who inhabit the likable
    characters as they reconvene at the hotel. Enter some new characters
    and unforeseen problems. Sonny (Dev Patel, overacting, overdoing the
    comic shtick, and absolutely annoying this time around) and Mrs.
    Donnelly (a typecast Maggie Smith, again bringing some class to her
    condescending role) want to expand The Best Marigold Hotel and need
    corporate financing to do so. This brings some new residents into the
    scheme of things: Lavania (Tamsin Greig), a mysterious visitor, and Guy
    (Richard Gere), a possible hotel inspector, but definite love interest
    to Sonny’s mother, Mrs. Kapoor (Lillete Dubey).

    The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is well-crafted but there are
    just too many underdeveloped subplots involving the various hotel
    guests and their romantic escapades that range from the downright silly
    to somewhat poignant. These stories are handled in such a forgettable
    slipshod manner, never building any real tension or interest.

    There is not much to recommend, except a fine cast including Judi Dench
    and Bill Nighy and a concluding Bollywood number that has energy and
    style. The film is trivial in pursuit of a decent plot and rather lazy
    inert filmmaking that relies so much on the prior film’s success as a
    come-on to its older target audience who should be disappointed with
    this installment.

    The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel left me wanting better room
    service. It still was a diverting trifle but, this time around, the
    accommodations were less than stellar and the trip was far from

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  • marsanobillApril 3, 2015Reply

    Sorry, but Definitely Second Best

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    *The NEW Second Best Marigold Hotel – in 7 Steps*

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  • LaakbaarApril 9, 2015Reply

    Not good

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  • rpscot55April 14, 2015Reply

    Better, not second best!

    It’s not often that a sequel can turn out to be as good or better than
    the original film but, The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel does so in
    fine form. With more than enough plot twists, turns and surprises to
    satisfy even the best skeptic. The sequel to the surprise hit of the
    first one keeps the viewer wondering whats going to happen till the
    ending credits. The original ensemble cast returns to continue the
    tales of this group of senior citizens not quite ready to throw in the
    retirement towel, completely. Once again, this group of veteran actors
    turn in Oscar worthy performances. With the backdrop of modern day
    India in all it’s color, beauty, and splendor, Sunny and his cast of
    characters do it again with feeling! This, along with the original are
    eye candy for the viewer so intense that you are transported to India
    and the only thing missing are the wonderful scents. Take a friend, a
    love or someone new along with you to the theater for this special trip
    with our old friends.

  • scummings-55272April 15, 2015Reply

    You would have to pay me to see watch this movie again

    This movie was so boring my friend literally fell asleep. The only
    thing that kept me from falling asleep was the fact that I know that I
    snore and if I fell asleep people would hear me snore.

    I think I laughed twice…literally I counted. It was twice.

    I guess I could have just left but I kept hoping it would get better.
    But it never did.

    I have watched children’s movies with more intriguing plot lines. I
    think my main complaint was simply that the movie had no real purpose.
    Nothing really happened. I kept finding myself wishing the movie was

  • jonbowerApril 27, 2015Reply

    An uplifting date movie

    This is a silly movie fully of silly lines in Hindglish. It revels in
    the sights and sounds of India while leaving out the smells, the pain
    and the struggle. Yet it won my heart by focusing on the characters –
    their foibles, their struggles, their miscommunication and their rare
    triumphs. It shows how wonderful life can be. Its a story.

    Is it an important story – no. Is it a realistic story – no. That’s not
    the point. It’s a story to make you smile, feel good and go home happy.
    In an era of CG effects, violence and explosions masquerading as
    stories, it’s a breath of fresh air. Go see it, smile and be happy. You
    won’t be sorry.

  • juliemanigliaMay 11, 2015Reply

    It really IS second best…

    I went to see this film yesterday, on Mother’s Day. My friends loved
    the first film, ”The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” and we were all hoping
    that this sequel would be excellent.

    Unfortunately, that was not the case. Let me say first that I have not
    seen the first film, and that may have been my problem with liking the

    I felt like the film did not have any real story to tell…just a lot
    of short scenes between obviously previous characters, but not having
    seen the first film, I found it difficult to understand or care about
    what was going on in this film.

    As so often happens with sequels, I don’t think much thought went into
    this script and it seemed hastily thrown together to attract viewers
    who liked the first film.

    It was overly long, slow-moving and, ultimately, extremely boring. I
    walked out during the last fifteen minutes and waited for my friends

  • Python HyenaMay 15, 2015Reply

    Second Best Only.

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  • Gordon-11June 3, 2015Reply

    Second best

    This film tells the story of a group of senior citizens from the
    Western world settling in a hotel in India.

    ”The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” us exactly what the title is.
    It’s second best compared to the first one. The first one had a
    cohesive story about a group of individuals finding themselves and
    their happiness. This time around, the story concentrates on the hotel
    owner’s marriage and hotel expansion, and much less about the
    residents. Even when they tell stories about the residents, it’s not as
    engaging and touching as it could be. I don’t find myself caring for
    the characters at all. It’s quite a disappointment for me.

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  • SuraditJune 23, 2015Reply

    More Condescending British Nonsense

    The never ending British myth of colonialism continues.

    ”What is your advice Mrs. Connelly?”

    And again we continue with India subservient to the British. The
    original book was an appalling exercise in the myth of British
    superiority. The first movie was a slight improvement solely because of
    the wonderful cast… although they quickly killed off the one gay
    character. This sequel at least allows some of the real India to
    emerge, but it all hinges on the notion that everyone & everything is
    dependent on British advice and approval.

    This is simply a British soap opera transplanted to India. Despite the
    stellar cast, Dev Patel (Sonny Kapoor) still outshines all the big
    names. The continuing assumption that all Indians are enthralled by and
    subservient to the assemblage of geriatric British nonentities is
    offensive in the extreme.

    The addition of Richard Gere to the cast adds nothing. The idea that a
    dignified and good looking Indian woman would even entertain the notion
    that he would be a suitable suitor is nonsense. He is at least less
    repulsive than the cabal of British males who wander aimlessly through
    the movie in pursuit of romantic liaisons.

    India is an adult now in the world of nations, but this sequence of
    movies continues to treat it as a mentally challenged child of Britain
    and in constant need of Western approval.

    It is really sad to see such a stellar cast participate in such a
    demeaning portrayal of neocolonialistic rubbish.

  • EelsdownyourlegJune 30, 2015Reply

    Absolutely Dire – Should never have been made

    I had set my expectations pretty low for the this one, simply due to
    the fact sequels have a really tough job coming close to the quality of
    the original. From a purely artistic point of view, 98% of sequels
    should not be made.

    Marigold 1 was of course wildly popular, therefore making a sequel all
    but inevitable.

    Everything that made the first film such a wonderful gem is lacking
    here, for a start there is no story to speak off, or it’s so absurd and
    throwaway, I’m surprised it wasn’t lost to gust of wind.

    The narrative shows that some time has passed in marigold world, yet
    the development of the characters to their surroundings and or their
    relationships, seem to have been frozen in carbonite. There is the very
    distinct feeling, that nothing has happened between these people during
    the interlude and even if it had, it was so boring it would be to be
    deemed unworthy of screen time.

    The script, which I believe must have been subjected to a staggering
    number of re-writes, in order pull some kind of story from mire, has no
    idea where it’s going and simply blends a mess of wafer thin subplots
    into this utterly direction-less mess.

    None of the cast shine here; they come off bored and actually confused
    by the script they are following. The insertion of Richard Gere and
    frankly absurd sub plot simply serve only to make the entire film all
    the more farcical.

    If you enjoyed the first film (I loved it) I implore you to avoid this
    rubbish as it will simply serve to ruin the the gloriously good first

  • kosmaspJuly 5, 2015Reply

    Actually the best Best Exotic

    While this still has quite a few clichés to deal with, the storytelling
    and the flow of the movie is better than that of the first one. Of
    course you are aware of the characters and their issues (some of them)
    from the first movie. The main story about the wedding is almost
    stopping the movie especially with all the coincidences and ”tragic”
    misunderstandings. But when our guests are on screen it lifts up
    (especially our mentor figure, who is a lot more than a caricature,
    something she was borderline in part 1).

    Richard Gere is a nice addition to the movie, but you mostly will have
    to deal with the ”old” cast (no pun intended, especially when they are
    so good in portraying their roles). The fun you can have with this is
    tremendous, but I don’t think they can squeeze out another. Resolves
    (for better or worse concerning some characters) are there

  • capone666July 6, 2015Reply

    The Vidiot Reviews…

    The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

    The hardest part of running a hotel in India is convincing tourists
    they won’t be gang raped when they visit.

    That said, the hotel operators in this romantic-comedy want to open a
    second inn.

    Determined to open a sister site to their successful sleeping lodge,
    Muriel (Maggie Smith) and Sonny (Dev Patel) travel stateside to get

    Informed an inspector would come to appraise the value of the venture,
    Muriel and Sonny return to India to prepare for the unknown overseer.

    Back home, a mysterious American (Richard Gere) checks into the
    existing hotel, and begins romancing Sonny’s mother (Lillete Dubey).

    Meanwhile, longstanding guests (Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, Penelope
    Wilton) deal with their own issues.

    With too many romantic subplots tied to a flimsy mistaken identity
    storyline, this second stay at the Exotic Marigold is wholly

    Fortunately, in lieu of mints, Indian hotels do leave chicken vindaloo
    on your pillow.

    Red Light

  • Tony Heck ([email protected])July 13, 2015Reply

    Not as good as the first one, but that seems to be the problem with many sequels. I say B-.

    ”Sometimes it seems to me that the difference between what we want and
    what we fear is the width of an eyelash.” Sonny (Patel) and his hotel
    are becoming too small for the needs of his residents. Together him and
    Muriel (Smith) travel to the US in order to receive funding to expand
    his business. When he returns he not only has to prepare for his
    wedding, but try to make the stay of one special guest as perfect as he
    can. These two activities clash and it threatens everything. I was not
    really expecting anything big from the original movie. That being said
    I ended up really liking it and when the sequel was announced I was
    looking forward to it. After watching it I came to a conclusion. Either
    I didn’t like it as much because my expectations were too high, or
    because it just wasn’t as good as the first one. On the other hand I am
    only 36 and this movie is geared to a much older crowd. All that said,
    the movie wasn’t bad at all it just seemed to drag on more than the
    first one. I’m sure many people will like this but since I am not the
    target audience I wasn’t as much in to this one. Overall, not as good
    as the first one, but that seems to be the problem with many sequels. I
    give this a B-.

  • Gord JacksonJuly 16, 2015Reply

    Somebody Lost Track Of The Checkout Time!

    First off, I should know better than to buy a film I have never seen.
    But on the strength of the original ”The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”
    and the return not only of most of its stellar cast but also of its
    writer and director, I figured, what could possibly go wrong? Sadly,
    the answer is ‘far too much.’

    There are far too many subplots, most especially the ones involving
    Richard Gere, Tamsin Greig and David Strathairn, and a notable lack of
    chemistry between newcomer Gere and on-screen love interest, the
    returning Lillete Dubey. Worse still, the focus is less on the
    struggles and triumphs of the residents and far too much on the
    silliness of Marigold’s owner/manager Sonny Kapoor (Dev Patel). In the
    first one you felt ‘Mummy G Kapoor’ (Dubey) was little more than a
    class- conscious ogre, insensitive and uncaring about the hopes,
    dreams, aspirations and above all, the potential of her ambitious son.
    In this one she gets near-redemption as the kid comes across as a
    composite of the three stooges all rolled into one. And don’t get me
    started on the way he talks back to his mother – and gets away with it.

    Certainly the Bollywood dancing is fun, the cinematography ravishing
    and the acting from a uniformly excellent cast top drawer. But the
    whole enterprise is undermined by excessive length on the one hand and
    its sound-bite style approach to character development on the other.

    If you have fond memories of your first visit to this hotel, savour
    them. Don’t spoil them by checking in for a second time.

  • gradyharpJuly 16, 2015Reply

    ‘There’s no such thing as an ending; just a place where you leave the story.’

    ‘There’s no such thing as an ending; just a place where you leave the
    story.’ For those charmed by the original BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL be
    prepared for an also ran very long and low on sparkle runner up. The
    story the second time around forgot about the appeal of the first story
    – a charming Indian lad making the best out of a bad situation by
    creating a cozy and entertaining Indian rest home for aging English
    folk acted by an outstanding cast of winners. Perhaps that is because
    this time the screenplay is the invention of Ol Parker who in the first
    film relied on the charm of Deborah Moggach’s novel: he needs her
    storyline in this version. And he needs a tighter director than John
    Madden who somehow forgot the themes of the original and let this
    version go on its own.

    Start with Dev Patel who proved in other films and the television
    series THE NEWSROOM that he can be a fine actor. In this version he is
    a rude, unlikeable brat. The presence of Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Bill
    Nighy, Celia Imrie, Ronald Pickup and the barely noticed appearance of
    David Strathairn and Richard Gere make the shaky dialog work as well as
    can be expected, but the purpose of the entry and retreat of others is

    The company lays out the plot: The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is
    the expansionist dream of Sonny (Dev Patel), and it’s making more
    claims on his time than he has available, considering his imminent
    marriage to the love of his life, Sunaina (Tina Desai). Sonny 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
    (Richard Gere) and Lavinia (Tamsin 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 very 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.

    You can take it from there. OK to see for free…..

  • TxMikeJuly 18, 2015Reply

    It is the second hotel, not the ”second-best” …

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  • jjoffeJuly 20, 2015Reply

    What on God’s earth have other reviewers seen????

    I want my money back…..please. What a pathetic wondering unfocused
    script…… did they con several good actors to participate in
    this idiotic tale with hardly a beginning and a stupid end will boggle
    the minds of anyone who wasted 120 minutes with or without popcorn.
    Talk about a spoiler – yes, it spoiled my wife and my evening. What a
    sad waste….

    Is it a new trend to pipe diddle music over any conversation? Have a
    120 minute music track in a 128 minute movie?

    Enough time wasted on watching this piece of cinematic trash, I will
    not waste more keyboard strikes on this stinker. Wow……..

  • westsideschlJuly 24, 2015Reply

    The Worst Exotic Marigold Hotel

    Not only was the acting tired & redundant (i.e. saying the same,
    overused, clichés with the same acting mannerisms), but the storyline
    (if you can call it a story) was the same tiresomely redundant (used in
    film since forever) story of disenfranchised peoples searching for
    romance with the usual distrust scenes tossed in to resurrect this
    film’s tired heartbeat. Films of this type our sourced from really
    cheap paperbacks ($1.99 or e-readers for 99 cents) – basically, writers
    just changing the locality and names; then plug ‘n play. The acting as
    well as their character portrayals were both so oldster boring it’s
    understandable that they sought a secluded hotel in India to escape to.
    Mongolia might have been a more appropriate choice. Add the also
    overused plot hook of owners/proprietors waiting for an unknown guest
    evaluator with the usual not very believable twists; then you have ”The
    Worst Exotic Marigold Hotel”.

  • blanche-2August 1, 2015Reply


    Like the first film, The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel had funny,
    sad, and warm moments. We find Sonny (Dev Patel) and Muriel (Maggie
    Smith) in America meeting with the head of a hotel chain (David
    Strathairn) to see if he will invest in Sonny’s hotel. He wants to also
    buy a second one.

    Back in India, Sonny’s wedding to Sunaina (Tina Desai) is being
    prepared, and when Sonny arrives home, it seems that his cousin Kushal
    has not only taken over his fiancé’s affections, but he has purchased
    the hotel Sonny wanted.

    At the hotel, Madge Hardcastle (Celia Imrie) has two men to choose
    from; Norman (Ronald Pickup) thinks his girlfriend is having an affair;
    Douglas (Bill Nighy) is in love with Evelyn (Judy Dench) but she is
    resisting him. Then Douglas’ wife (Carol Parr) shows up asking for a

    When Guy Chambers (Richard Gere) arrives, Sonny thinks he is the
    inspector that the head of the hotel chain was going to send, and goes
    crazy, ousting Susan (Fiona Mollison), a new guest, from her bigger
    room. And Guy thinks Sonny’s mom (Lillete Dubey) is a hot number. Sonny
    isn’t sure if this will help or hurt him.

    Lovely film, I think a little more ”down” than the first one, but still
    enjoyable, and it has a wonderful, vibrant musical number in it as
    well. The entire celebration sequence is a lot of fun.

    Dev Patel again is wonderful as Sonny, and it’s hard to go wrong with
    Maggie Smith or Judy Dench. Everyone is marvelous.

    I realize studios find blockbusters important to their bottom line
    (though the first Hotel movie made $80 million and cost $10 million to
    make – excellent), but smaller films like this one are important for an
    audience that also needs to be served.

    The messages are inspiring: It’s never too late for anything, believe
    in yourself, go for it in a big way, and let go and let your future
    take you where it will. These are the messages of the old to the young.

  • mike-4041August 4, 2015Reply

    slow start and doesn’t get much better

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  • Bryan KlugerAugust 12, 2015Reply

    ‘The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’ is still sweet, light-hearted, and fun.

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  • jtlaskinAugust 14, 2015Reply

    disappointing Hollywood drivel

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  • MovieLord23August 15, 2015Reply

    An average uneven sequel

    This is going to be one of those occasions where I’ve seen the sequel
    before the original. For this movie, I think that watching the original
    is not necessary because the story is rather simple. I would compare
    this as a bigger budgeted sitcom with great British actors as part of
    the cast and the beautiful landscapes of India as the background.

    Good: This is a great cast with names like Maggie Smith, Dev Patel,
    Bill Nighy, Richard Gere, and Judi Dench. They all do good with what
    they are given. The landscapes are beautiful and the cinematography is

    Bad: The movie is one giant sitcom. All the plot lines are warmed over
    subplots from other romantic comedies and this movie brings nothing new
    despite the cast that it has. The movie just goes through the motions
    and with the over two hour running time it feels really long.

    Overall, it has a good cast and beautiful scenery, but the clichés and
    slow pacing hurts this film a lot.

  • tavmAugust 24, 2015Reply

    The Second Best Marigold Hotel was almost as enjoyable as its predecessor

    Just watched this sequel to The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel with my mom
    on Netflix disc. Like the first one there were plenty of stories
    involving the various characters that are pretty charming and humorous.
    Richard Gere joins the cast as…well, watch the movie if you want to
    find out. There’s a wedding about to happen but Dev Patel’s character
    gets jealous when he sees his fiancé’s dance teacher partner. There’s
    also a plot involving a hotel expansion that involves mistaken
    identity. To tell the truth, since it’s been a while since I’ve seen
    the previous one, part of me was confused by some of the developments
    but for the most part, me and Mom enjoyed this one as well. So on that
    note, The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is worth a look.

  • office-83236August 29, 2015Reply


    I can give this movie 3 out of 10 for the beautiful outfits and
    decorations. The story, the writing and editing was pedestrian and
    contrived, but, mainly disjointed and thrown together. The stories and
    characters didn’t mesh or blend. A character would appear on screen
    giving the illusion there would be a little more meat to their story-
    line, and, then, boom, flash in the pan, making the entire story just
    shrink on by. This was a very disappointing movie from start to boring
    ending as the actors sleep-walked through their scenes. I can only hope
    they do not make the third movie thinking they have a franchise on
    their hands. I would not recommend this movie.

  • wewises-67487August 31, 2015Reply

    Beyond Delightful!

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  • leonblackwoodAugust 31, 2015Reply

    Could have been better! 4/10

    Review: Although this movie had some top class actors in it, the
    storyline lacked wit and I did get a bit bored after a while. The
    characters were less interesting than how they were in the first movie
    but there was a sweet undertone which made the movie watchable. Now
    that the first hotel is a success, Sonny seeks funds from an investor
    in America to open up a second hotel but he has to pass the undercover
    investigation before they go ahead with the deal. This is when the
    dashing Richard Gene enters the movie and Sonny gives him special
    treatment because he suspects that he is the undercover investigator.
    Gere takes a special liking to Sonny’s mum but she hasn’t been near a
    man since her husband died in the last movie. Sonny is also jealous of
    his fiancée’s brothers best friend who is teaching her how to dance at
    there wedding party. With all this going on, Dench and Nighy clearly
    like each other but certain circumstances make there relationship hard
    to blossom. There are some other elements to the storyline but they
    weren’t anything that amazing. Maggie Smith is brilliant throughout the
    movie but I did find Sonny, played by Dev Patel, quite annoying because
    of his over enthusiastic behaviour. All of the individual story lines
    were left open so you don’t really know what happens to the characters,
    even though you’ve watched them for nearly two hours. Anyway, it’s a
    sweet movie about getting old and falling in love and the amazing
    costumes and stunning scenery did look impressive but the actual film
    was a bit of a let down. Watchable but not that great!

    Round-Up: I personally think that it was the success of the first movie
    that made audiences flock to the cinema to see this sequel. The cast is
    amazing and the movie was authentic with vibrant colours but the
    content wasn’t that great. Richard Gere, 66, pops up throughout the
    film but he wasn’t in the movie that much. Its mostly about the
    relationship between Sonny and his fiancée who hit a bit of a rocky
    patch whilst preparing there wedding. Dev Patel has starred in a weird
    range of films since he hit the big screen in 2008 with Slumdog
    Millionaire, which include Chappie, the Last Airbender, Cherry and the
    Road Within. He done a great job alongside some established veteran
    actors in this movie but he still has a way to go to prove that he is a
    great actor. The movie was directed by John Madden who brought you
    Shakespeare in Love, the Debt with Helen Mirren, Proof with Anthony
    Hopkins, Captain Corelli’s Mandolin with Nicolas Cage and Mrs. Brown
    with Judi Dench. He did get the most out of the brilliant cast in this
    movie but the script was a bit weak and it lacked the originality that
    the first movie had. Its still good to see how the same characters have
    progressed in life and I enjoyed the dance scenes towards the end but I
    was hoping for more from this sequel.

    Budget: $10million Worldwide Gross: $86million

    I recommend this movie to people who are into their comedy/dramas about
    a hotel owner who wants to expand his business by opening another
    hotel. 4/10

  • HellmantSeptember 3, 2015Reply

    It’s a hard movie to recommend, at all, even if you love this cast.

    ‘THE SECOND BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL’: Two and a Half Stars (Out of

    Sequel to the hit 2012 British comedy flick ‘THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD
    HOTEL’. It’s once again directed by John Madden and written by Ol
    Parker; this time Madden has a screen story credit as well though (his
    first one). Most of the original film’s cast returned for this venture;
    including Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy, Celia Imrie, Ronald
    Pickup, Penelope Wilton, Diana Hardcastle, Tina Desai and Dev Patel.
    They’re joined, this time around, by newcomers Richard Gere and David
    Strathairn. The story revolves around Patel’s character desperately
    wanting to open a second hotel, and expand his business, as he’s also
    preoccupied with preparations for his upcoming marriage. The film is
    well acted, and decently directed, but it’s also extremely routine and
    poorly written.

    The first movie revolved around young Sonny (Patel), reopening an old
    run-down hotel, in India, and tricking a bunch of elderly British
    people, through misleading brochures, into coming there to retire. The
    older British people all had problems of their own, while Sonny was
    also trying to court a young woman he loved, named Sunaina (Desai).
    Everyone worked through their troubles, and found some kind of
    happiness (except for perhaps Tom Wilkinson’s character, who died),
    while the hotel also became a success; because of it. This movie plays
    out the same way; with Sonny now engaged to Sunaina, and eager to open
    another hotel. The British elders also all have new problems, but
    they’re a lot less interesting this time around. The star of the movie
    has definitely now become Patel; who’s a very talented young actor, but
    this material is far too contrived, for him to really show off his
    talents with.

    I liked the original movie, somewhat, and I like this film as well,
    somewhat; just somewhat a bit less. I respect all of the cast,
    especially Patel; and I wish he wasn’t forced to do some of the
    lackluster comedy bits, he has to in this film. The elder, more
    experienced (and more famous) cast shouldn’t have to deliver a lot of
    the material, and crappy dialogue, that they have to either. The
    cinematography is once again beautiful to look at, and the drama is
    sometimes touching and sweet. The rest of the film is just filled with
    so many bad clichés, and unfunny comedy. It’s a hard movie to
    recommend, at all, even if you love this cast.

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  • Ole Sandbaek JoergensenSeptember 6, 2015Reply

    Full of life and having a great time

    These film are heartwarming, and this is a very good follow up to the
    first, the characters are still likable and enjoying themselves,
    unfortunately we have to say good bye to some one every time.

    We are still in India, we are still focused on the Best Exotic Marigold
    Hotel and the people living there, all is accounted for and having a
    good time, but people enter the scenery and they stir the pot, the
    balance is shifted back and forth, but in the end our young
    entrepreneur does the right thing and gets the girl 🙂

    Always a pleasure seeing the cast of these films, they know what they
    are doing and even though age is part of these film, they all seem to
    be living it up, full of life and having a great time, both on and off
    the camera.

  • nama chakravortySeptember 13, 2015Reply

    Simple, Feel-Good Fun!

    The sequel to the delightful 2012 hit The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel,
    ‘The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’ is a heartening sequel. Its
    Simple, Feel-Good Fun!

    ‘The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’ Synopsis: As the Best Exotic
    Marigold Hotel has only a single remaining vacancy – posing a rooming
    predicament for two fresh arrivals – Sonny pursues his expansionist
    dream of opening a second hotel.

    With a cast so effortless along-with a few new attractive additions,
    Director John Madden keeps the narrative warm & light-hearted. This is
    the kind of film, you can watch with your entire family & relax.

    ‘The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’ aces in performances, yet
    again! Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, Maggie Smith, Celia Imrie & Ronald
    Pickup charm us like never before! Richard Gere is a welcome new
    addition to the cast. So is Tamsin Greig. But its Dev Patel & Tina
    Desai who steal the show, with heartfelt, believable performances,
    holding their own against a list of thespians.

    On the whole, ‘The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’ is a winner.

  • KineticSeoulSeptember 20, 2015Reply

    Not a great sequel, but a worthy one

    I enjoyed the first one much better, but this sequel still carries
    certain essence from the first film. It’s not a film I would watch
    again, but I personally thought it was a worthwhile watch. It doesn’t
    have the endearing, wonderful, magical and enriching experience the
    first one had. However this one goes in a more realistic direction,
    with the main message of acceptance and letting go in this journey
    called life. The performances in this is great and very charming,
    however the character that stood out the most to me in this film this
    time around is Sonny Kapur (Dev Patel). Sure, some audiences could
    think of him as this selfish and whinny. But I personally thought his
    flaws made this character stand out, maybe it’s because of the
    empathetic side of me. But the story that revolved around Sonny Kapur
    stood out to me the most. Although the dialogue and conversations isn’t
    really all that memorable or impactful, unlike the first film where I
    wanted to jot down some of the quotes on paper. The main plot revolving
    around the hotel is very generic and has been done before, except it’s
    done in a more adult like direction in this. Like I said, still has
    enough to make it a worthy sequel. Not a great sequel, but a worthy


  • Andrew Levy-NealSeptember 21, 2015Reply

    Just Unwatchable

    It’s especially sad when such an incredibly talented group of actors
    are stuck in a movie with a terrible script and stereotypes that evoke
    an eye-roll at least every three minutes.

    For starters, the story line would have been greatly improved if the
    opening scene had been focused on the blazing funeral pyre of the Sonny
    Kapoor character. If he was irritating in the original, he has crossed
    into the realm of unbearable in this sequel.

    With a script that seems to be a direct lift from the Golden Girls,
    Jungle Fever and a bad country music video, this unnecessary sequel had
    nowhere to go but down and it did. Terribly written, clumsily directed
    and with subplots that are awkwardly interjected and fragmented, this
    was totally unnecessary. It speaks volumes when Dame Maggie Smith and
    Dame Judy Dench cannot rescue a film from itself. On the other hand, it
    was a cure for my chronic insomnia.

  • Paul EvansOctober 2, 2015Reply

    Follow ups can work

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  • Richard BaileyOctober 3, 2015Reply

    Quite good really.

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  • kenperyDecember 6, 2015Reply

    Master piece!

    After having seen the first installment, ”The best exotic marigold
    hotel”, I had to see this one! Both films are very masterfully written,
    acted, directed, and produced! I’m not generally a fan of films that
    take place in foreign countries like India, although I like to keep an
    open mind. But the first film was so well done, especially the acting
    and writing, that I was hooked early on. There are many profound and
    deep subjects addressed and it inspires thought long after the film
    ends. This second film was every bit as good, if not better. I must
    applaud and thank everyone involved in the making of both films! I am
    definitely adding these to my collection and will recommend them
    highly! Every time I watch these movies I learn something new and
    appreciate them even more.

  • The CouchpotatoesDecember 19, 2015Reply

    Boring movie about old people with a boring life.

    First of all drama’s are not my favorite movies to watch. It’s just not
    my kind of soup. But since I saw the first one and that I didn’t really
    hated it I thought about giving this one a go. And honestly the first
    one was better. There is not much enjoyable to watch in the second one.
    Unless you like to watch old people with a quite boring life and that
    for two hours long. I don’t get why old people also want to start
    working at their age instead of trying to enjoy their last days on
    earth. And being uncertain of dying alone or with a partner. What’s the
    point of that? Two hours I had to endure this. Don’t get me wrong, the
    actors are all good, the filming is good, but the story is just boring.
    Unless you like boring stuff like that. Then you will like it. I also
    don’t get why it is categorized as comedy because I didn’t laugh once.
    I couldn’t, even if I would try hard.

  • KayJanuary 17, 2016Reply


    Hi, I’m a movie fanatic: action, kick boxer, zombies, soppy love
    stories, you name it. The first one was okay. As a baby boomer woman
    (so you won’t stereotype my review), I found the first one a little
    boring and predictable. It was also depressing, not because of age or
    for any of the reasons that one might expect, but because it seemed to
    take a negative view throughout much of the movie. Let’s take the wife,
    Jean Ainsle. At some point, you say to yourself, ”Okay, okay, I have
    it. She’s a (you know what). You don’t have to beat it to death.” But
    all of that is nothing compared to this movie. Even the sequences with
    Richard Gere and (not to spoil it) that are supposed to be charming do
    not make the grade. I will look up more about John Madden’s life at
    some point but for now, has he been in therapy for his entire life for
    depression? Is he on antidepressants? What’s the deal. These are not
    clever twists. We’ve seen all of this before in better movies.

    The negativity got so repetitive and useless–with all of the
    characters–if you think about it that I wondered what the point was.
    When Jean Ainsle showed up, I thought, ”Oh yes, I guess we have to go
    here again.” Sure, there are some glowing moments, but by that point, I
    wondered how I’d even made it through the movie. Earlier, I’d thought
    of just turning if off, but I plugged through.

    A movie cannot redeem itself simply through location or giving us more
    insight into another culture.

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  • Scarecrow-88February 22, 2016Reply

    The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

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  • DavidMarch 28, 2016Reply

    The movie really is the second best of the Marigold Hotel

    The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is the sequel to the film The
    Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. Once more we meet the British pensioners,
    now permanently living at the hotel. Each one of them occupies
    themselves with different kinds of work and also helping out at the
    hotel. Everything seems to work out great, but problems lies just
    around the corner for everyone. Sonny the Indian, who runs the hotel,
    wants to expand and invest in another property but at the same time he
    is heading for the altar with his girlfriend Sunaina. The whole thing
    naturally goes very wrong and on top of it all, they are expecting an
    undercover hotel inspector for the eventual expand.

    The Second Best Exotic Marigod Hotel is like the first film, incredibly
    beautiful to watch. Many scenes are shot out on the streets of India,
    and we experience the crowd and the colors of the country. The film is
    actually a very good commercial film for India as a nation, and I
    myself would very much like to visit the country after watching these
    two films. Almost the entire cast from the first film returns. The list
    of actors is long with names like Maggie Smith, Judi Dench, Bill Nighy,
    Dev Patel and Penelope Wilton. Also Richard Gere takes part in the cast
    as an American visiting the hotel.

    The film is very pleasant to watch and works well against the culture
    of India in the background. All the different characters have different
    relations to each other, some being romantically and others just on
    friendly terms. This is at the same time the weak spot of the film. It
    does become quite messy after a while to keep track on all the stories
    and at the same time follow Sonny with his hotel. I also think it’s a
    pity that the British actors very rarely interact with each other. They
    all have their own stories on the side and they rarely cross paths.
    With such a heavy list of actors I did hope for more encounters and
    intrigues between the main characters. Now instead, they are having
    them with other people barely involved with the main story.

    Another problem is that it feels as if the director wanted to let all
    the characters take up more room in this film. This leads us to not
    really getting close to anyone. I thought they handled this better in
    the first film because they focused the story more on a few of the
    characters and let the others be sort of a supporting cast.

    The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is still watchable if you liked
    the first film and you shouldn’t watch this if you haven’t seen that
    one. To see all these fantastic British actors together are a delight,
    but as the title of the film also insinuates, this installment is only
    second best compared to the first one.

    David Lindahl –

  • KirpianuscusJune 12, 2016Reply

    a refuge

    film of a state of soul. seductive for humor. for the teenage side of
    an age. for the lights and characters, music, dance and the British
    mark. for the gentle manner to say truth as words from ancient Oriental
    poem. and for its silence isles. a perfect film as refuge because it is
    not only the second part of Marigold Hotel but an oasis , far by the
    trend of blockbusters or independent films, manifestos or moral
    lessons. a film who gives solid proofs for the admirable art of great
    actors. out of fans circle interests. because it has not stars. because
    each new presence – Richard Gere especially- represents the right part
    of the puzzle from the first Marigold. a film about essential small
    things. and theirs roots, fruits and taste. a film about solitude,
    happiness and courage.and, like the hotel itself, comfortable refuge
    for the viewer.

  • l_rawjalaurenceJuly 7, 2016Reply

    Mildly Amusing Sequel that Transcends Stereotypes

    The sequel to THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL (2011) contains some
    familiar cinematic stereotypes about India: the extraordinarily bright
    light; the teeming streets; the slightly comic citizens who agree with
    the British yet pursue their own lives; and the colorful dance
    sequences and wedding ceremony straight out of SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE
    (2008). The star is the same as well: Dev Patel has a leading role in
    both films.

    Yet John Madden’s film still retains a certain charm of its own. This
    is partly due to the sharp script (by Ol Parker) that gives a fair
    proportion of acerbic one-liners to Muriel Donnelly (Maggie Smith).
    Smith has always had a penchant for delivering such material
    effectively dating right back to her early career at the National
    Theatre in the mid-Sixties. There are also some delightful cameos from
    Ronald Pickup as a randy pensioner discovering to his cost that his
    long-time partner (Diana Hardcastle) is equally as sexually adventurous
    as himself; and David Strathairn as an American tycoon much taken with
    Mrs. Donnelly’s down-to-earth negotiating style.

    The film is multi-plotted, encompassing two will-they-won’t-they
    romances between Sonny (Patel), Sunaina (Tina Desai), and Evelyn (Judi
    Dench) and Douglas (Bill Nighy). We know perfectly well that both will
    end happily, but it’s rather fun to see how they get there, with Sonny
    having to overcome his pathological jealousy of Kushal (Shazad Latif),
    and Douglas dealing with his vindictive wife Jean (Penelope Wilton).

    Throughout the action there is always the persistent presence of death;
    that this group of pensioners having such a wonderful time will soon be
    broken up. The film has a tragi-comic ending, which perhaps takes
    longer than it should to unfold (rather too many dance-sequences
    intercut with long close-ups of one actor), but eventually we
    understand how and why the hotel has become such a success, giving
    people the chance to flourish rather than to fester away in some
    anonymous looking retirement home.

  • d-nicol6444July 7, 2016Reply

    An exciting, energising and heartwarming film.

    I found this film lively and exciting. The plot was intricate enough to
    surprise with its next denouement. It was very well cast except for
    Tamsin Greig whom I just can’t warm to. To me she is always the fly in
    the ointment. Black Books was great but her frequent pointless
    appearances were irritating and annoying. I don’t like her looks, her
    voice, and her attempts to be ‘cutesy’. Most people would disagree with
    me. That doesn’t bother me. Maggie Smith, on the other hand, was a
    brilliant choice. She seemed to enter the role with enthusiasm and
    enjoyment. Her performances get better with every new role. And ‘they’
    say that older women don’t get good roles. She is proof that this is
    not true. I’ve followed Bill Nighy’s career since its beginning. His
    particular characteristics, e.g. snorting when he laughs, his loping
    walk, his facial and vocal expressions are masterly. I’ve watched the
    Marigold Hotel films many times, each time enjoying them afresh. Sunni
    is beyond excellent. Having been to India I did not find the film’s
    portrayal of this vibrant country accurate. The perpetual music became
    monotonous and intrusive. I never heard music like that when I was
    there, only 5 years ago.

  • mark.waltzNovember 8, 2016Reply

    Too much of a good thing gets lost in translation.

    *** This review may contain spoilers ***

  • eventfilmcarsNovember 22, 2016Reply

    The cast, producers and production team were all great to work with

    From the start, this sequel had a great opportunity. The cast, the
    script all great plus using our film cars in Spain for the shootings.

    Over 400 films have been produced in our area in Spain. This title is
    one of the larger titles.

    After the movie was completed, our team watched our vehicles, and we
    added our behind the scenes videos and photos we captured on the set.

    What we captured was exactly like what was in the movie.

    I really liked how the film led up to a great wedding.

    Did you know we have over 100 cinema cars involved in this film, mostly
    for the beginning mustang scene?

    Our team was there at 4:00 in the morning, waiting to get on the
    highway. If you watch the left side and in front of the mustang you can
    see a glimpse of our other cars.

    But what made this film the best was not our cars, it was the
    production team and the cast.

    The last minute during the dance the cast and lead actors had to learn
    the dance moves impromptu , play the guitar, pet the dog.. were some
    phrases they used.

    Great movie to watch over and over.

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