Warning: I suggest you see the first Marigold hotel movie before you go see the Second Exotic Marigold Hotel
RELEASE DATE: March 6, 2015
STUDIO: Fox Searchlight Pictures
DIRECTOR: John Madden
MPAA RATING: PG (for some language and suggestive comments)
STARRING: Bill Nighy, Maggie Smith, Penelope Wilton, Judi Dench, Richard Gere, Diana Hardcastle, David Strathairn, Celia Imrie, Dev Patel, Ronald Pickup
GENRE: Drama, Comedy
Time -122 minutes
Warning: I suggest you see the first Marigold hotel movie before you go see the Second Exotic Marigold Hotel. The second movie cannot stand on its own without explaining what the Marigold hotel is and the residents it houses. It needed a flashback sequence to familiarize the audience of how it all began to truly appreciate the movie. Luckily I saw the first.
Maggie Smith,( Muriel) who you can find no fault with as an actress, is amazing. Her humor and wisdom shows in every line written for her. She emulates charm, and dignity with humor and expressions. You know what she is thinking before she says her line.
Judy Dench (Evelyn) is another actress that has my respect. I was a little bored with her character but to write a love story for two senior actors with such class has my kudos to the writer. Thank you! Thank you! Finally someone has written what I have always believed -there is no age boundary to finding love. Now that brings up the newly added cast member Richard Gere (Guy). Love him. He is even more handsome, OK gorgeous that in Pretty Woman. Thank you to the casting director. Your choice was excellent. He had me at walking into the Marigold hotel. He didn’t need to say a word. Bill Nighy (Douglas) was also a scene stealer with his low keyed British charm. I felt the writer finally completed something that was left in the first marigold hotel unresolved.
The colors of India and the festive hospitality of this movie make it better than the first. The whole premise of the movie is an additional hotel purchase and a marriage. That just drew you back to reconnect with the residence at the Marigold Hotel. Their stories were the hotel. The rest of the cast brought vitality, energy, and comedy. Dev Patel (Sonny) has some of the best one liners and he can dance too. Look for the elevator reference scene. I was laughing out loud
A shout out to the location director since San Diego is featured in the beginning of the movie.
I think one and the Second Exotic Marigold hotel could be a marathon day on the couch watching movies with the family or a loved one. I personally loved the movie. I found it refreshing (especially since my last review was 50 shades of grey).
Did I mention Richard Gere is in the movie…..As every female resident said when he walked into the hotel “Yummy.”