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Written by Ol Parker
Directed by John Madden
UK | USA, 2015
There are hints of understated charm and elegance sprinkled throughout The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. Moments when two people, battered and bruised by life, share some genuine insight about the human condition. Unfortunately, those moments are lost amid a frenzy of unnecessary storylines and cartoonish complications. It’s a treat to see these veteran actors playing off each other, but you’re better off staying at a different hotel.
The sequel to 2011’s geriatric comedy hit, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, finds most of the cast returning for a second lash. This time out, the owner of the Marigold, Sonny (Dev Patel), is determined to secure financing for a second hotel so he can start a franchise of senior-living homes. Together with the gruff but lovable Muriel (Maggie Smith), Sonny finds a potential buyer, »
- J.R. Kinnard
I know what you may be thinking. “Another weekend, another movie sequel”. Well yes, we do have a follow-up flick in this weekend’s new release batch, but this is a bit different from the escalating, Roman numeral-added blockbuster franchises. The original from 2011, wasn’t a big stunt-filled action flick. Nor was it a crude. lewd lowbrow comedy. It was a modest success that spoke to a nearly neglected audience. This was that rare feature that mainly concerned the senior set, and boasted an almost “Avengers-like” teaming of British cinema and stage actors. That first pairing didn’t conclude on a “cliffhanger”, but many fans would relish the chance to see what happened to their new film friends. After nearly four years, they’re getting that chance to catch-up. For the price of a movie ticket they can reserve a suite at The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.
This new »
- Jim Batts
Published in 1982, “The Bfg” — short for Big Friendly Giant — tells the tale of a young girl, the Queen of England and the Bfg, who set out on an adventure to capture the evil, man-eating giants who have been invading the human world. The movie will open in U.S. theaters on July 1, 2016.
- Dave McNary
After what feels like an exceptionally long and frigid winter, it’s time to head to warmer climes and live vicariously through our favourite band of British travelers as the check in to The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.
In the sequel to the 2011 hit The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Maggie Smith, Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, Ronald Pickup, and Celia Imrie, are in India to join Dev Patel as Sonny in his quest to open a second hotel as part of a franchise. Sonny enlists the help of Muriel (Smith) in courting a retirement hotelier group to become the Eastern-most outpost of their conglomerate. It’s not just about hotels and retirees, we’re also getting an invite to an Indian wedding as Sonny plans his marriage to Sunaina (Tina Desai).
- Rachel West
"The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" wasn’t just a surprise hit of 2012, it was a welcome one, in being a rare film about elderly people that had as much fun and sauciness as it did pathos. Its gentle mix of drama and comedy was delivered by a formidable array of British thespians, some remarkably in their 70s, using their life experience in a much more engaging manner than, say, the veterans of "The Expendables." So one certainly can’t begrudge a sequel, "The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel," even one that begins to creak a little beneath its conceit. It’s again directed by John Madden and written by Ol Parker, now moving beyond the original source of Deborah Moggach’s novel. The original cast returns as the retired Brits discovering an Indian summer, fittingly in India, courtesy of a young entrepreneurial hotelier with a vision to “outsource old age »
- Demetrios Matheou
The Bfg centres on a young London girl and the giant who introduces her to the wonders of Giant Country.
Melissa Mathison, who last teamed with Spielberg on E.T., wrote the screenplay. Spielberg, Frank Marshall and Sam Mercer will produce while Kathleen Kennedy, John Madden and Michael Siegel serve as executive producers.
Disney distributes in the Us and select international territories while Mister Smith Entertainment will oversee distribution in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. DreamWorks’ partner Reliance, will distribute The Bfg in India »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
Checking in? In these new videos from a press junket for John Madden's "The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel," the stars of the film sat down to share their insight on what it was like making the film, working with Madden, their characters and the new cast members. "I don't think I remember saying 'yes' or 'no' to John Madden, I think it was taken as 'yes' straight away when the second one was mooted. And that was probably the same for all of us," Dame Judi Dench shared in her interview, among other details about filming the second installment. The actors also talked about how their characters grow in the second film, including Lillete Dubey, who talked about her character Mrs. Kapoor's newfound vulnerability and softness, and Tina Desai, who spoke of the expansion of her role as Sunaina. Also starring Maggie Smith, Dev Patel, Richard Gere, Ronald Pickup and Diana Hardcastle, »
- Jena Keahon
The sequel “The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” is meant to be as comforting as a cup of tea — and a proper British cup at that. It follows the standard recipe of the first film, deviating little in its formula or execution, with plenty of warm performances, picturesque settings, and jokes about aging and proximity to death. Similarly, your appetite for a second visit to “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” depends entirely on how you felt about your first stay. Director John Madden and practically the entire cast (save Tom Wilkinson) return, so there are few surprises and little subtlety here. “The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” is reassuringly familiar, which should please the fans who helped the original make $137 million. Plus, it has Richard Gere, so you know your mom is going to like it even more than the first film. “The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” begins not in Jaipur, »
- Kimber Myers
“I was quite surprised,” Nighy confessed to Variety on Tuesday night at the New York premiere of “The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” at the Ziegfeld Theatre. “Every time I say the words ‘Marigold 2,’ (I think) maybe I’m dreaming. With ‘The Expendables 2,’ I get it, but I didn’t imagine a bunch of old people getting back together sounded like box office dynamo.”
The studio execs behind “The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” seem to have made a wise choice in greenlighting a second installment. The sequel, released in the U.K. on Feb. 26, topped the U.K. box office chart, stealing the top spot from “Fifty Shades of Grey” on opening weekend. In the U.S. on Tuesday night, »
- Paul Chi
Behind the scenes, Patel and Desai discuss the ritual of weddings in India, and Dame Judi Dench describes how moving it was to film.
The crew of the film also had plenty to say about making the movie. Director John Madden, hair and makeup artist Daniel Phillips, production designer Martin Childs, and costume designer Louise Stjernsward divulge how they created the look of the ceremony, the costumes, the lavish set, and the crowds of extras. And, yes, there's a dance number, thanks to help from choreographer Longinus Fernandes. Yep, that's Richard Gere dancing with Dench and Bill Nighy.
"The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" opens for business on March 6. »
- Jenni Miller
The British romantic dramedy The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, which stars celebrated British actresses Judi Dench and Maggie Smith, among many others, knocked the sexy drama Fifty Shades of Grey out of the top spot at the U.K. box office in its opening weekend.
The Marigold Hotel sequel earned $5.8 million, securing the film's position at No. 1. Fifty Shades, however, only took in $3.3 million in its third weekend in British theaters.
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Richard Gere, who walked the red carpet at the film's New York premiere, revealed why Marigold Hotel beat out the raunchy erotic drama.
"We're much sexier," Gere told Et. "Much sexier."
Marigold Hotel director John Madden, who directed both films in the series, was excited to hear the news.
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"We can't offer bondage, but we can »
Almost immediately after it was released, the 2012 stealth hit Best Exotic Marigold Hotel became more a punchline than a movie. Who knew “older” people were so starved for pictures featuring gorgeously shot exotic locales, not to mention people falling in love, falling out of love, or desperately hoping for love, all while dealing with assorted problems related not just to aging but to life itself? Directed by Shakespeare in Love’s John Madden and based on the novel These Foolish Things, by Deborah Moggach, the first Marigold Hotel attracted a staunchly adult audience, apparently made up of women in particular. Naturally, then, it was s »
After opening number one at the U.K. box office this past weekend, the highly anticipated all-star comedy The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel releases in North American theaters this Friday, March 6, with special preview shows on Thursday evening in select theaters.
The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is the expansionist dream of Sonny (Dev Patel), and it’s making more claims on his time than he has available, considering his imminent marriage to the love of his life, Sunaina (Tina Desai). Sonny has his eye on a promising property now that his first venture, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel for the Elderly and Beautiful, has only a single remaining vacancy posing a rooming predicament for fresh arrivals Guy (Richard Gere) and Lavinia (Tamsin Greig). Evelyn and Douglas (Judi Dench and Bill Nighy) have now joined the Jaipur workforce, and are wondering where their regular dates for Chilla pancakes will lead, »
- Stacey Yount
The First Best Loser: Madden’s Wholly Unnecessary Sequel an Exercise in Nothingness
Pandering is the word that best describes the tone of The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, John Madden’s follow-up to the 2011 surprise hit The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. Whereas the first film was adapted from the bestselling novel by Deborah Moggach, screenwriter Ol Parker is left to his own sugary devices with this next chapter, volleying most of the respectable returning cast members through a series of utterly vapid subplots that are either forgettable or just plain embarrassing considering the seasoned talents. Some may argue that the chance to see so many exemplary performers of a certain age in a film that will reach mainstream platforms should be appreciated for merely existing, but that’s no excuse for doffing us with such second rate material.
Many of the mainstays from the last film have stuck around »
- Nicholas Bell
While some critics and cinemagoers may rate the sequel to The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel as less witty and entertaining than the original, others would disagree.
The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel raked in $4 million last weekend, well ahead of the first edition.s $3.4 million in 2012.
The key question now is whether the second iteration of the adventures of hotelier Sonny (Dev Patel) and senior citizens played by Maggie Smith, Judi Dench, Bill Nighy,. Ronald Pickup et al will have the staying power of the predecessor, which wound up with $21.4 million.
Achieving a multiple of more than six times the opening weekend may be a tall order for the Fox Searchlight film directed by John Madden.
Elsewhere, there wasn.t much of a post- Oscars bounce for the key winners as nationwide receipts eased by 5% to $12.1 million, according to Rentrak.s estimates.
Fifty Shades of Grey continues to drop like a stone, »
- Don Groves
“The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” got off to a strong start this weekend, opening at No. 1 and topping the original in all three overseas markets in which it debuted this weekend. The sequel, directed by John Madden like the first film, brought in $9.4 million overall for Twentieth Century Fox. The U.K. was tops with $5.8 million, Australia brought in just over $3 million and New Zealand delivered $496,000. Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Dev Patel and Bill Nighy return from the original “Best Exotic Marigold Hotel,” which cost $10 million to make and brought in $147 million worldwide in »
- Todd Cunningham
Patel reprises his role as Sonny, the overeager young owner of a hotel for British retirees, while Dame Maggie Smith stars as Muriel, Sonny's new co-manager.
Describing the on-screen partnership with Dame Maggie, the 24-year-old actor told Digital Spy: "It's still an ensemble cast but Sonny is at the centre of it and I'd say Maggie is too. They run the hotel together. I mean talk about chemistry - it's some of the best chemistry I've ever had in a movie.
"They're quite an odd couple but they're put together really well. It's quite beautiful because she not only becomes a business partner doing damage control, but he also looks at her as a kind of mother figure."
There’s not much of a story, just a chance to spend more time with the gang of classy sexy randy oldsters. And that’s just fine. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
Well, what else were they going to call the sequel? At least there is an actual “second best” iteration of Sonny Kapoor’s (Dev Patel: The Last Airbender) residential hotel in the works: he is ready to expand into a new location in Jaipur, thanks in part to the steady business hand of his partner and one-time first guest (back in the previous film, that is), Muriel (Maggie Smith: My Old Lady). There actually isn’t much of the way of story this time around, just some gentle dramedy, as everyone is prodded to settle into the ex-pat retirements they chose in »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Enter here for your chance to win passes to an advance screening of The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel from director John Madden, starring Dev Patel, Tina Desai, Richard Gere, Tamsin Greig, Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, Ronald Pickup, Diana Hardcastle, Celia Imrie, and Maggie Smith.
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Celia Imrie talks about returning for the sequel, pretending not to know the cast, and fixing cars in the middle of India...
The mighty Celia Imrie is a firm favourite around these parts, and we don't honestly think we've seen a performance from her that's not been impressive. Even in films that weren't quite so strong. She's back on cinema screens in the UK this weekend in The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, and she spared us some time for a natter about the movie...
Where is your character now as opposed to where she ended up in the first film?
Well, she’s chasing a dream but I don’t think she knows exactly what that is. John Madden gave me a wonderful instruction on the first day of filming this time, and said ‘I think Madge is a bit blue.’ Not rude, but a bit melancholy, where she »
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