Steven Spielberg’s first film with Disney, The BFG, features three brilliant performances and a horde of delightful visuals that are dulled more than a little by the film’s tendency to meander – dropping the pace to sluggish.
It doesn’t quite capture that unique balance of whimsy, wit and darkness that Roald Dahl’s work so great, either.
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.