Release Date: March 6, 2015
Let me start off by saying that if you haven’t seen The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, go see it now. The first movie brought together three societies that are foreign and at times very confusing to me: British, Indian, and the elderly. The movie centers around 7 old people coping with retirement. Instead of spending their time gardening, investing in the stock market, or cashing in on reverse mortgages, the retirees decided to spend their time in The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel for the Elderly and Beautiful in India.
The Second Best Marigold Hotel picks up right where the first movie ended and focuses more on the upcoming marriage of Sonny (Dev Patel) and his attempts to open another Marigold Hotel at the same time.
These films, though centered around the elderly, appeal to a much wider audience by focusing not on age, but on loneliness, coming face-to-face with one’s own mortality, wanting to burn out rather than fade away, and above all, relationships.
The entire cast is returning to reprise their roles from the first movie: Judi Dench (Philomena, James Bond Series), Bill Nighy (Love Actually, Pirates of the Caribbean Series), Maggie Smith (Downton Abbey, Harry Potter Series), Penelope Wilton (Downton Abbey, Shaun of the Dead), Celia Imrie (Bridget Jones Diary, Star Wars: Episode I), Ronald Pickup (Prince of Persia, The Mission), Tina Desai, Lillete Dubey, Dev Patel (Slumdog Millionaire, The Last Airbender), and Diana Hardcastle (If Only, A Good Woman) . I can see another SAG nomination for best cast in their future.
Joining the cast this time around is Tamsin Greig (Shaun of the Dead, Episodes), David Strathairn (The Bourne Ultimatum, Lincoln), and Richard Gere (Pretty Woman, An Officer and a Gentleman).
Both the director, John Madden (Shakespeare in Love, The Debt) and the writer, Ol Parker, from the first movie have returned. Madden insists this is not however, a sequel, but more of a companion piece that stands on it’s own and can be enjoyed without having to see the first.
Seeing as The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel grossed $137 million and earned 2 SAG and 2 Golden Globe nominations, it’s not hard to imagine that this new movie will see similar success.