Words by Dave Moxon
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel was a hit film in 2012, starting some of the best names in British acting such as Judi Dench, Maggie Smith and Bill Nighy to name a few, as well as starring Dev Patel. The film was a hit and showed audiences that growing old wasn’t the end, it was the beginning of something new and exciting. Now with the sequel out, The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (I can’t decide if the title is stupid or brilliant), the film adds some new characters, portrayed by Richard Gere and Tamsin Grieg.
The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel story revolves around Sonny (Dev Patel) the owner of the hotel as he tries to expand his business and open more hotels to accommodate new arrivals, all of this while at the same time trying to plan a traditional Indian wedding, setting up a story filled with chaos.
What I can say about the acting is that everyone in this film delivers, just like the first film. The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is filled with A list British talent that always do an amazing job no matter the role – Maggie Smith, Judi Dench, Bill Nighy perform perfectly, and Dev Patel (though I haven’t felt he’s been great in other films recently) delivers a strong performance, much like he did in the first film. And not to forget Richard Gere who fills his role nicely alongside the other actors.
The biggest problem this film has is that the story is nothing new – it’s very much a sequel to the first, and was most likely only made due to the financial success of the first film. There’s nothing original brought to the table, and while it’s not a bad film, it’s very likely that if you enjoyed the first you’ll like this one, and if you didn’t then you won’t. If you haven’t seen the first there’s very little point in watching this one.