'The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel' [Blu-ray]
(David Strathairn, Dev Patel, Danny Mahoney, Bill Nighy, Richard Gere, Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, et al / Blu ray / NR / 2015 / 20th century Fox)
Overview: As the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel has only a single remaining vacancy - posing a rooming predicament for two fresh arrivals - Sonny pursues his expansionist dream of opening a second hotel.
Blu ray Verdict: As the story goes, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel has been successful in its appeal to mature clientele looking for a welcome in their autumn days, so enthusiastic young proprietor Sonny Kapoor seeks to expand the franchise: possibly this is one pressure too much on top of his impending marriage.
2011's 'Best Exotic Marigold Hotel' was a delight: funny, colorful, moving and human. It carried some great truths and entertained as it did so. It left me wanting to know more about these people after it had finished. And now a sequel comes along, continuing their stories, and adding a couple of newbies in Tamsin Grieg and (gasp!) Richard Gere.
There is also additional plot material concerning Sonny's empire-building ambitions and assorted ramifications (at least part of which borrows heavily from Fawlty Towers' Hotel Inspector episode), and the thread concerning the apparent contract out on Carol is, frankly, ludicrous but, otherwise this sequel happily extends the stories of the characters we met in the first film. The trailer dangles certain plot developments in front of us, and plays tricks with us, too, but all is revealed nicely as the movie unfolds.
Gentle humor underlies everything, as exemplified by the title: it works as the title of a sequel, but it is also a fine joke, balancing Sonny's gauche self-promotion with a joyously naive lack of awareness of how colloquial English usage results in it damning itself with faint praise. Lovely in all manner of ways, 'The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel' is still chock full with plenty of laughs and loads of charm, and it's certainly a pleasure to see a welcome response to the question "Is age a barrier to happiness?" This is a Widescreen Presentation (2.39:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:
Returning To The Marigold Hotel
Filming In India
The Marigold Wedding
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