Moon Film Review: The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

An image from The  Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (L-R) Dame Maggie Smith, Mr Ronald Pickup, Mr Bill Nighy, Ms Penelope Wilton, Ms Cecile Imrie, Dame Judi Dench and the sadly departed Mr  Tom Wilkinson. 

As Your Cultural Correspondent (Film and Theatre) made their way to the cinema, they wondered to themselves, 'Will 'The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel' prove to be aptly named?'

Things didn't get off to a good start.  And that was just the adverts.  First, is this really an appropriate time for the 'virtues' of Turkish Airlines to be broadcast anywhere in London, let alone Tower Hamlets? Second, whichever PR 'creative' dreamt up the new KFC advert needs to take an appropriateness test ASAP.

Perhaps this inauspicious start helped contribute to Your Cultural Correspondent's (Film and Theatre) view that the film is indeed the second best.


Well, the younger characters were annoying throughout. Bill Nighy's character was INCREDIBLY annoying throughout and did leave you wondering why he couldn't have been killed off instead of Tom Wilkinson's character in the first film.  Some of the script was predictable and cringeworthy.

All that said, the acting of some of the players was marvellous.  First, Mr Ronald Pickup.  Second, Miss Celia Imrie.  Third, Dame Maggie Smith (and you had the added bonus of quite a bit of voice over by her - wonderful!).  Fourth, but in first place really, Penelope Wilton.  She stole every scene she was in and if only she'd been in more of them, the film would have been much better.

And then there was some of the script and one line of it, repeated a couple of times, which was magnificent: 'There is no present like time.'  Very true so enjoy it while you can, readers.


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