Sonny, the owner of the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, seeks to expand his business for those in their golden years, which leads to a case of mistaken identity, new loves, an inadvertent recruitment of a hitman and friendships anew for the residents of the hotel.
“See the old crumbling ruins.”
The cast of crown jewels in British acting returns, with Richard Gere added to the cast along with Tamsin Greig.
As with the first film, this is a gentle story – even with the perils of the hitman and Sonny’s inadvertent neglect of his bride-to-be (it’s nothing bad, he just pays much more attention to his business than to her, with his jealousy of family friend, Kushal brims over).
Dev Patel and Tina Desai, as Sonny and Sunaina, are the youthful driving force of the film, and the acidic Muriel (Maggie Smith, in fine form), the love struck Madge (Celia Imrie) and the business-minded Evelyn (Judi Dench) are all on fine form. Bill Nighy, Ronald Pickup and David Strathairn add to a glorious cast.
“Some you win…”
Perhaps not as charming as the first film, with some story threads that don’t ring true, the strength of the story comes from the actors and the roles that they romantically fill with life, their interactions and the sheer joy of seeing the various combinations on screen together.
Beautifully performed all round, beautifully shot on location, it’s a gentle film that will entertain anyone looking for something different.