Now that The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is full up with its long-term residents, co-managers Muriel Donnelly (Maggie Smith) and Sonny Kapoor (Dev Patel) have a dream of expansion, and they’ve found just the place: The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.
Richard Gere joins Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, and the rest of the not-yet-past-their-prime-time players in this delightful sequel.
The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is about as original as its title — but with a cast this talented and effortlessly charming, that hardly matters.
The bottom line: Though not quite as charming as the original film, TSBEMH is a savory pastiche, and a refreshing switch from the usual movie fare of noisy super hero extravaganzas. Young ones probably won’t appreciate the seasoned performers.