Sonny Kapoor (Dev Patel) has decided that he wants to transform his beloved "Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" into a franchise, planting hotels all across India. So he and Muriel (Maggie Smith) go to America to propose the idea for expansion. When Sonny and Muriel return to India, they have two new guests, one being Guy Chambers (Richard Gere), who Sonny believes to be a hotel inspector who he tries to impress at every possible junction, at the same time as planning his own wedding.
The cast do a great job, the comedy was surprising and it was a wonderfully feel good time. The story however was something to be desired as this is nothing we've not seen before.
Several sub plots involving the different characters ensue and all wrap up neatly by the final chapter and almost every single one of them were predictable and somewhat lousy. The plots don't intertwine like you'd expect and there's perhaps one too many, it doesn't mesh together as neatly as one would hope.
The film is elevated by its very strong cast, Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, Maggie Smith, Dev Patel and Richard Gere all do a great job in their roles and make this a pleasant watch.
The first film was based on a very simple story, a group of O.A.P's end up in an Indian Hotel because its makes sense financially, but throughout the film they discover that they like living there. In the sequel, things become more complicated because of the several story lines, you'll find it hard to be invested in more than a couple of them.
The entertainment comes from the cast's enjoyment of the material, its obvious to see all the actors are having a good time making the film and that enjoyment really makes its way onto the audience.
Conventional plot mechanics are obvious to see in "The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" but you'll let them get away with it, because the script is funny, the actors are great and nothing ever gets too serious as to ruin the fun.