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The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel Review


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A badly under-developed script leaves a fine cast without much to do in this sequel to the 2012 hit. Reuniting in India, the actors find moments of comedy and emotion that help make the film watchable, and the big Bollywood-style finale leaves the audience with a smile on its face. But the simplistic plot-threads never amount to much at all, which leaves the project feeling like a missed opportunity to deepen the characters and push the premise in more interesting directions.

Business at the hotel in Jaipur is booming, so managers Sonny (Dev Patel) and Muriel (Maggie Smith) are looking for investors to expand into a second property. But this distracts Sonny from his upcoming wedding to Sunaina (Tena Desae), and she's not too happy about that. There are also two new guests (Richard Gere and Tamsin Grieg) who may be important. Meanwhile, Evelyn (Judi Dench) is offered a new job just as she realises she might like to pursue a relationship with Douglas (Bill Nighy), whose ex-wife (Penelope Wilton) turns up unexpectedly. Madge (Celia Imrie) is struggling to choose between her many suitors. And Norman and Carol (Ronald Pickup and Diana Hardcastle) are having relationship issues due to their lack of communication.

All of these momentous plots, and a few more, swirl around over the course of about a week, which means that none ever has a chance to develop. It also means that the characters are all so busy with their own stories that they don't interact very much, and what contact they do have feels rather contrived. As a result, the film feels like an awkward mix of disconnected slapstick, farce and melodrama. That said, these high-powered actors can hold together even the flimsiest scene. Dench and Nighy generate some lovely emotional resonance in their contrived storyline, while Smith finds some quiet pathos in Muriel's own journey, even if the filmmakers seem to have forgotten to hire someone to do her costumes, hair and make-up.

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'The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel' Premiere

Ronald Pickup - 'The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel' Premiere - Arrivals - London, United Kingdom - Tuesday 17th February 2015

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Premiere Of 'The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel'

Ronald Pickup - Premiere of 'The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel' - Arrivals at Leicester Square - London, United Kingdom - Tuesday 17th February 2015

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The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel Trailer


Set eight months after the 2012 original film, The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel sees the majority of the cast return India for this sequel from director John Madden. In the run up to Sonny's (Dev Patel) wedding to Sunaina (Tena Desae), he is struggling to find the time to work at his hotel. With only one room left in the hotel, Sonny is confronted with an interesting situation when two new arrivals turn up - Guy (Richard Gere) and Lavinia (Tamsin Greig). With help from Murial (Maggie Smith) acting as the co-manager, will Sonny will be able to juggle his personal and working lives?

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'A Celebration Of The Arts' Held At The Royal Academy Of Arts - Outside Arrivals.

Ronald Pickup Wednesday 23rd May 2012 'A Celebration of the Arts' held at the Royal Academy of Arts - Outside Arrivals.

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The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel Review


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Colourful and engaging, this lively comedy-drama gives a handful of mature actors terrific roles to play within a bustling international setting. It feels a bit cute and tame, but it's still entertaining.

Seven retirees meet at the airport as they move to Rajasthan to retire in a newly restored hotel. Evelyn (Dench) is financially strapped due to her late husband's debts. Muriel (Smith) is getting a faster, cheaper hip replacement.

Douglas and Jean (Nighy and Wilton) can't afford to retire in Britain. Graham (Wilkinson) has unfinished business in India. And Norman and Madge (Pickup and Imrie) are both single and looking for love. But manager Sonny (Patel) has slightly exaggerated the hotel's facilities.

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'The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel' World Premiere Held At The Curzon Mayfair - Arrivals

Ronald Pickup Tuesday 7th February 2012 'The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel' world premiere held at the Curzon Mayfair - Arrivals

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The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel Trailer


Muriel, Evelyn and Jean are just a few of a group of British retirees who decide to travel to India to stay at The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. After viewing the hotel's website, they are won over by how luxurious the hotel is and are soon on the first flight out of the UK.

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Prince Of Persia: The Sands Of Time Review


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There are times during this film when it's plainly obvious that it was based on a videogame, with levels of action, magical tools and even a fair maiden to rescue. The result is a silly but enjoyable guilty pleasure.

Dastan (Gyllenhaal) is the adopted youngest son of Persian King Sharaman (Pickup). With his two brothers (Kebbell and Coyle) and their ambitious uncle (Kingsley) he invades the holy city of Alamut. But things go badly wrong, and Dastan ends up on the run with the local Princess Tamina (Arterton), bickering over a ceremonial dagger that turns out to have time-shifting properties. With the help of a local sheik (Molina), they return to the city and try to thwart a dark conspiracy to take over the kingdom.

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Evilenko Review


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Why change the name of a real-life bad guy, A. R. Cikatilo, who killed and ate some 50 children in a Cold War-era U.S.S.R.? Why, so you can change it to Evilenko, which still sounds Russian but has the word "evil" in it. As played by Malcolm McDowell, the aging school teacher-cum-murderer is suitably, almost stereotypically, creepy, but the movie he's asked to buttress comes off as cold and irrelevant. The hotshot detective on the case isn't so much an investigator as a sleepwalker. More than anything, his lazy inquisition (and McDowell's banal defense: impotence) reminds us why communism didn't work out for the Russians.

The Mission Review


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Roland Joffé's historical effort is all eye candy, no soul. But what eye candy it is! This star-studded endeavor is unfortunately muddy, telling the story of the religion-and-slavery-tinged war of Spain vs. Portugal vs. natives in 1750s South America. The movie eventually picks up steam but leaves the cast behind; performances by Jeremy Irons and Robert De Niro are alternately great and stilted.
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