The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel quick movie review

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel stars Richard Gere, Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Dev Patel, Bill Nighy and blah blah blah, fart fart fart.  I hope you like watching these actors perform, because this movie has little else to offer. 

To make matters worse, these actors don’t have anything particularly compelling to do.  Obviously, Tom Wilkinson wasn’t going to be in the sequel, but I didn’t think his presence would be missed so much, particularly when I thought this meant more screen time for Bill Nighy, but it turns out, Nighy’s character is not that interesting.  Richard Gere’s character is boring and Dev Patel is no longer an everyman dreamer but instead just annoying comic relief.  He’s very, very annoying!  (To further drive this point home: his character is kinda the worst character ever; when he’s on-screen, the movie goes from boring to extremely irritating.)  Meanwhile, Judi Dench and Maggie Smith don’t have interesting stories… but then, nobody does.  The movie just kinda sits there, and you sit there, staring back at it, waiting for it to end.

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel had compelling characters and interesting stories set against a lush background of a country that you felt from the images and the places and people who inhabit said images.  The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is the most appropriately titled sequel ever featuring flat character running through by the numbers (and/or stupid) arcs.  There’s nothing interesting left to say about the flick or in this review.

Meaning I don’t recommend this flick – just watch the first one again.



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Posted on August 21, 2015, in movie review and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. I just watched this the other night, very dissapointing!!!

  2. And I’m Indian too…

    • “very disappointing” is a great phrase to describe the experience!

      I also like that two men in their mid thirties are all, “This pseudo franchise sequel that’s by and large marketed to older women is not living up to our expectations!”

  3. Very true! Likewise I’m still trying to figure out the ending, is Maggie Smith gonna die or not???

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