Saturday 24 February 2018

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel review: 'It's all very gentle, with some lovely scenes between Judi Dench and Bill Nighy'

George Byrne

Comedy/drama. Starring Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy, Celia Imrie, Richard Gere, Dev Patel, Penelope Wilton, Tamsin Greig, David Strathairn, Ronald Pickup. Directed by John Madden. Cert PG

3*

With The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel having raked back more than 10 times its budget, it was inevitable that the producers would be back for a second bite at the grey pound and with a large ensemble cast.

We're still with a group of ex-pat retirees in Jaipur, India, photographs beautifully throughout, where Sonny (Dev Patel) and the not-racist-anymore Muriel (Maggie Smith) have plans to expand the franchise, leading to a plot reminiscent of the Fawlty Towers episode The Hotel Inspectors, with Sonny wondering which of the guests is there to check them out.

It's all very gentle, there are some lovely scenes between Judi Dench and Bill Nighy while the presence of Richard Gere as a would-be American writer provides some catnip for female viewers of a certain age.

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