Film Review – THE SECOND BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL (2015)

Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, The (2015; UK; Colour; 122m) ∗∗∗  d. John Madden; w. Ol Parker; ph. Ben Smithard; m. Thomas Newman.  Cast: Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy, Dev Patel, Celia Imrie, Ronald Pickup, Penelope Wilton, Diana Hardcastle, Tena Desae, Lillete Dubey, Richard Gere, David Strathairn, Tamsin Greig. 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. More of the same sequel, which coasts on the charm and skills of its excellent cast and vibrant locations. Plot lacks originality but the vibe is good even if the movie is a little overlong. [PG]

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