Evelyn, Judi's character, is still prominently featured, but her stuff feels like more in the background as compared to Muriel, Maggie's character, and her relationship with Sonny. India affects each in different ways, enchanting Douglas and Evelyn while driving Jean deeper into bitterness. Evelyn, newly widowed, wants low-cost experience, Graham seeks a long-ago love, Douglas and Jean have lost their pension in a family investment, Muriel needs cheap hip surgery, Madge seeks a rich husband, and Norman is chasing women. Although messrs Nighy and Pickup deliver their customary performances they are whistling into the wind. Synopsis Seven elderly Britons, for a variety of reasons, respond to an online ad and travel to Jaipur, India, where they find run-down hotel with a young, exuberant, and optimistic host. 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.
Even the title refers to a subplot that doesn't really figure into the story until the very end. There's a nice balance of lightly done scenes and the more sentimental ones. Trouble wastes no time here as the seven of them wind up on a crammed bus after the pick-up bus from the airport never arrives and their luggage gets thrown over carelessly. They all travel to Jaipur, India for their various reasons and stay at a run-down hotel run by Sonny Kapoor Dev Patel. The first film was a heart-warming experience, which reacquainted viewers with what good cinema should be about. If you don't keep up with my reviews, and with Flixster's new layout it's even more difficult, then I must inform you that I loved the first film.
Much like every sequel, the sense of familiarity is what pulls you back in immediately. Their host, young Sonny, has dreams but little cash or skill; he also has a girlfriend whom his mother dismisses. 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. It's not what I would call an amazing film, or anything of the sort, but it was just a blast to watch and it was pretty much impeccably cast. As his marriage to Sunaina Tina Desai , the love of his life, quickly approaches, Sonny finds his plans for the new hotel making more claims on his time than he has available.
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. When you add the likes of Dames Maggie Smith and Judy Dench to the mix, the delicious Celia Imrie, Tom Wilkinson and Ronald Pickup with an honourable mention to the latter, who brought a wonderfully rakish comedic performance to the mix - and you can't go wrong. I just thought was a great movie, I realize it may not have actually been a great film in the conventional sense, but I thought it really clicked. Perhaps the narrative itself isn't something that's out of this world, but the cast more than makes up for any deficiencies in the scripting of the film. Not to mention the beautiful setting, so it's an easy movie to like, even if it's not as good as the first film. We can feel the steamy air in our nostrils and the markets and stands are providing us with intricate colours and gorgeous flowers blossom wherever you go. The most memorable scene takes place at the call centre's stairwell where he displays his true feelings to her is funny.
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. Jean complains about the hotel which gives Douglas the chance to embrace the smiling youngsters while visiting the ancient temples. India affects each in different ways, enchanting Douglas and Evelyn while driving Jean deeper into bitterness. As the big day nears, family and guests alike find themselves swept up in the irresistible intoxication of an Indian wedding. Here then is an oasis of colour in both settings and characters.
It's a lot of old British folks trying to grow in a foreign environment. There is one particular scene between the two, where Douglas, for once bites back - and the emotion from Nighy is just mesmerising to watch. They all give it their best and the film is definitely the better for it. I don't want to say that this film is lazy or anything, but it looks like an easy film to have made. While there's the overarching narrative of Sonny trying to expand his hotel and make it into a franchise, every character in the film has their own little stories, so it's like a collection of short films that sort of end up converging in the same hotel for the wedding between Sonny and Sunaina. As a result, the aphorisms seem much less deserved: this film is not good enough to preach.
You can sense the aura of India as you travel the city by walking or by a rickshaw as you see peddlers, skinny cows and heavy traffic in the downtown core. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 2011 The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel: Seven elderly Britons, for a variety of reasons, respond to an online ad and travel to Jaipur, India, where they find run-down hotel with a young, exuberant, and optimistic host. It's not anything outstanding but it does have great actors. But the cheery Sonny promises everything is going to be fine which in subliminal terms means no everything is bad, but it's not the end of the line and that Kipling's quote that even disasters can have its hidden triumphs if you think with the glass half full. Evelyn, newly widowed, wants low-cost experience, Graham seeks a long-ago love, Douglas and Jean have lost their pension in a family investment, Muriel needs cheap hip surgery, Madge seeks a rich husband, and Norman is chasing women.
To makes matters worse, the hotel the guarantees luxury and splendor is anything but. This is a slight tale of British pensioners retiring to live in India. However, when these elderly people arrive, the Hotel was anything but what the adverts said even though the owner Sonny Dev Patel provides optimism and great hospitality to these retirees. Muriel feels she's in the threshold of hell and while Joan feels this place is a dump and is quite vocal about it. The narrative advances with the urgency of a three-toed sloth.
It's, largely, got the same cast and the same type of energy that made the first film so fun to watch. That doesn't mean it's an oldies film - far from it. Overall, The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is a distant second to anything else you could spend two hours doing. Interesting how the focus is shifted from Judi Dench's character for a heavier focus on Maggie Smith's character. In the early scenes, we are introduced to the characters who find each other as they all check into India's Best Exotic Marigold Hotel where everything looks exquisite and luxurious and run by an energetic hotel manager Sonny Dev Patel. Norman Cousins Ronald Pickup is lascivious. Graham who has more experience about India has his mindset on something extraordinary.