Flash Movie Review: The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

I felt I was interrupting a prayer service as I stepped into the train car. The majority of the passengers had their heads bowed. They were all looking at their cell phones, though there were some with earbuds dripping out of their ears who stared off into space as if they were witnessing a vision. For whatever reason as I sat amongst them I wondered what the future would be like; would there be mobile apps to take care of all our needs? I have already witnessed the deterioration in our ability to communicate, I just wonder as we grow old will we be tucked away in our own tiny spaces having little contact with the outside world? Though I like my alone time, I find comfort in being part of a community. I may not see some of my neighbors for weeks, but we are well aware of each other’s routines and activities. It may be their car is in a different spot or their dog is out in the backyard; there is an invisible bond that connects all of us. Just this past weekend I was chipping away the melting ice from my walkway and my neighbor came over with an ax. Granted until I recognized him due to the sunlight shining in my eyes, I had a moment of fear spring up.    WITH only one room left to rent in his hotel Sonny Kapoor, played by Dev Patel (Chappie, The Newsroom-TV), had his eye on a second property. It would already be a challenge; but with the added stress from the approval process and his upcoming wedding, Sonny would need a lot of things to go right if he was going to realize his dreams. This sequel saw the original cast like Maggie Smith (Quartet, Harry Potter franchise) as Muriel Donnelly and Judi Dench (Philomena, Skyfall) as Evelyn Greenslade mingling with new cast members such as Richard Gere (Brooklyn’s Finest, Amelia) playing Guy Chambers. I enjoyed seeing the cast again but there were parts of the script that I found unattractive. What I mean is I felt some of the writing came across as cheap and easy, not giving the actors enough to fully develop their characters. Sure there was the same mix of comedy and drama, but I did not find this film as entertaining as the first one. It was as if the writers did not know whether to make the story more like a madcap ensemble comedy piece or go in a more serious vein. I really hoped this would have been a better film because I was fond of the idea to have a group of people coming together as a family of choice, a real sense of community.

 

2 1/4 stars

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From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on March 10, 2015, in Dramedy and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. I have not seen the first movie – just not my thing – but my in-laws loved it so no doubt they will love the sequel too.

    I don’t mind people tinkering with electronic devices when they are alone or travelling alone. My husband, for instance, uses his train commute to check emails and catch up with friends and family back home on Facebook. What I find bizarre is when people are supposedly socialising with each other but are staring at small screens. Recently when we ate out there was a large family dining near us and every single one of them were staring at their screens instead of interacting with each other and not even for brief periods but for almost the entire meal. Weird.

    • I am so glad you said something because I find it utterly baffling when people are sitting down together and spending their time looking at their electronic devices, not having any interactions. What is wrong with people these days?!?! Like you I don’t mind using a commute to plug in. Thanks for sharing again.

  2. Oh, I’ve loved the first so much !! Now, I didn’t even know there was a sequel, and I’m really curious to watch it , but I fear to be disappointed… It’s the same problem with all the sequels, isn’t it ?

    • Let me put it this way, I would not pay full price for the sequel. If you are curious enough try to go to a bargain showing. I find a majority of sequels are generated by money instead of a desire to continue a good story. Thanks again for the comments.

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