The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

second best exotic marigold hotelI adored the first Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. I loved the actors, the locations, the sets, the joy, the silliness. What’s not to love about a fluff movie starring Maggie Smith and Judi Dench? A perfect combination in my book – comfort food delivered by world-class actors. But can gold be struck twice? In this case the answer is unfortunately no. All the elements were there – the top-rate U.K. actor roster, the locations, the sets, the costumes, hell even some Bollywood-inspired dance sequences. In the end, the film simply fell flat. Even the best actors in the world can’t spin gold if there’s no plot. This wasn’t the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel Reality Show. There’s supposed to be an actual plot with beginning, middle, and end. Second gave us more of the same without really creating a different world. Sure there was the franchise story, the Richard Gere story, the Judi Dench/Bill Nighy story. But it never felt like new material to me. The final moments where the big Bollywood wedding dance off took place and the motorcycle send-off for the happy couple were lovely moments. I could have used a lot more of those during the rest of the film. 2.5 out of 5.


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