"The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" is a comedy directed by John Madden. It stars Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, Penelope Wilton, Tina Desai, Lilette Dubey, Maggie Smith, Celia Imire, Ronald Pickup, Dev Patel and Richard Gere. The MPAA rating is PG for some language and suggestive comments and the running time is 122 minutes. The film's budget is 10 million and the box office revenue is 86 million.
BEFORE THE MOVIE: I am looking forward to watch "The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" (That title's a mouthful to swollow). I hope it's as good as the first one. Who knows? Maybe Dev Patel will be better this time. Anyways, let's see. But hopefully it can be improved and not be a cash grab sequel.
AFTER THE MOVIE: Honestly? That was a big big big big disappointement. First off, the performances are great all-around. Same thing as last time, all the actors are great for the exception of Dev Patel who is EVEN MORE annoying than last time. I will say this, Richard Gere is a nice addition to the mix though. Also, the cinematography is EVEN BETTER than the first one. There are some nice shots, especially during the dance scene and the film does have some LAUGH OUT LOUD moments, one especially where I laughed a LOT (That scene was kinda my type of humor.)
After 10 minutes, it was clear and evident that the film was simply made for cash.
The movie, first off has WAAAAAY too many character storylines (It feels like there's one for everyone), there are so many subplots and it almost feels like "Grown Ups 2" where the film has no story and just has bits and subplots. I was too confused, especially with a plot twist that is kinda predictable, but then swirls around in another direction that just confused the hell outta me. Also, this film was a british film at first, but near the end, it ends like a bollywood film whereas every character is dancing, and as a whole, the movie is kinda boring. It's not that interesting honestly. I mean who wants to see Judi Dench working at a textile company? Anyone? Anyone? Anyone? You! REALLY? It was a joke? Well I'm certainly glad it was. And the ending? I didn't get it...