The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel was, to say the least, a most unexpected global hit. The idea of a group of English senior citizens moving to Jaipur, India to give themselves a better retirement – although intriguing – was expected to make money as a niche bit of counterprogramming but then people started seeing it and telling their friends. And suddenly, a sequel didn’t seem like a bad idea.
Now we have The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and, if it’s not quite got that shiny, new film intrigue, seeing it is certainly like visiting some old, dear friends.
In the sequel to the surprise hit The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, hotel proprietor Sonny Kapoor has opened a second hotel – and it the first was The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, then the second must be The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (Sonny’s English if very good – but a bit literal).
Joining the most of cast of the original is Richard Gere as Guy – an gentleman of a certain age whose looks prompt a bit of unsubtle banter. If the film’s first trailer is any indication, writer Ol Parker and director John Madden may have just captured lightning in a bottle for the second time. Check it out after the jump.