If you enjoyed The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, I have good news for you. The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel offers another ninety minutes with the first film’s delightful cast. These ninety minutes are warm, they’re cozy, and they offer more than a few opportunities to wipe your eyes.
The story picks up perhaps a year after the close of the first film. Your favorite regulars remain at the hotel, and Sonny & Sunaina are preparing for their impending marriage. There’s a primary story involving a hoped-for acquisition of a second property and the threat of a rival for Sunaina’s affections, but the magic of The Second Exotic Marigold Hotel happens around the periphery of that story, as the hotel’s pensioners and assorted guest stars live their own small dramas.
So, the question to ask yourself is simple: Did you enjoy spending time with Judy Dench & Bill Nighy, Maggie Smith & Celia Imrie, Ronald Pickup & Diana Hardcastle, and assorted other stars familiar to those who spend a lot of time watching PBS and BBCA during The Exotic Marigold Hotel? I did, and I thoroughly enjoyed spending another ninety minutes with them. I look forward to The Third Exotic Marigold Hotel.