The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel – tears and laughter until the end

Posted on 5 March 2015
By Molly Wheeldon
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If you loved The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel as much as we did, then we are certain you are not going to be disappointed by its joyful sequel.

With an overload of serious films released this year and last, John Madden’s The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is the light relief we need.

It is a film about life; both young and old. A film about ambition, trust, and the fear of commitment.

Ultimately, it is a film about finding happiness – no matter how old you are.

Britain’s hidden gem Dev Patel carries the whole film. He brings constant humour, excitement and emotion to his role – with the ability to just tear his older companions to shreds without even knowing it. There is an innocence and a touching stupidity to the character of Sonny that has every member of the audience laughing from beginning to end.

Sonny’s relationship with Muriel Donnelly is a pleasantly touching addition to the film. This is where Maggie Smith comes in…

Will there ever come a time when Maggie Smith brings anything but perfection?

Her performance as Muriel is both hilarious and incredibly sad. We laughed and we cried as Smith’s character jokes about her mortality.

Bill Nighy and Judi Dench’s confusing relationship is what we all wanted to see unfold on the big screen in this sequel. We were rooting for them right from the beginning – and they don’t fail in warming our hearts.

Penelope Wilton comes back to stir some trouble as expected; and she’s uncompromisingly hilarious and as hated as ever.

Celia Imrie, Ronald Pickup, Diana Hardcastle, Lillete Dubey, Tamsin Greig and Tina Desai all add something special to this exceptionally cast blockbuster.

Aside from the original cast, we have the ever-so handsome Richard Gere as an unsurprisingly delightful addition to this beautiful sequel. Forever the heartthrob, Gere is thrown into the Marigold to get the women’s hearts racing – who will win his heart?

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is two hours of laughs, lovely music and inspiration.

If you’re looking for that push to do something with your life, something different, then watch this wonderfully crafted piece of cinema.

In cinemas now!