Friday, November 25, 2016

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 2015

     In the first Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Sonny realizes his dream of a hotel in India.  Now he is trying to expand and have a second hotel with the help of an American investor.  These hotels are for the elderly and the beautiful but he has only one room left at the current hotel.  All the residents are full time guests and some have local jobs.  Muriel accompanied Sonny to America to meet with the investors and she is also the new co-manager of the hotel.
     I thought the first film was better than this sequel.  It has many of the original characters and begins eight to nine months after the first film ended.  There are a lot of misunderstandings, lacks in communication and hurt feelings.  I didn’t feel this way about the first film but this one seems to have too much Bollywood and gives an unreal image of India?  3* (This movie is OK) 

122 min, Comedy directed by John Madden with Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy, Celia Imrie, Ronald Pickup, Diana Hardcastle, Dev Patel, Tina Desai, Richard Gere, Fiona Mollison, Shazad Latif, Subhrajyoti Barat.

Note:  Imdb 6.6 out of 10, 63% critic 59% audience on Rotten Tomatoes, Roger Ebert 1 ½*, Amazon 4* out of 5* with 2732 reviews.
Special Note:  This movie was filmed at the Pearl Palace Heritage Guesthouse, Jaipur India, Almeria Spain and London England UK.  There were rumors that Colin Firth and Helen Mirren were going to join the cast?

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