Usually when a sequel comes out to a fantastic film, it is nowhere near as good as the original. The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is, I’m happy to say, an exception to this rule. Directed by John Madden the film is both hilarious and moving, with Dame Maggie Smith’s performance as Mrs Donnelly stealing the show yet again. Is there anything this lady can’t do?

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Although it might seem at first glance that this film is much more aimed at an elderly audience, it is such a fantastically written and directed film that it is extremely enjoyable no matter how old you are. If Dev Patel’s (Slumdog Millionaire) acting was amazing in the first film then his performance here is outstanding, rivaling Dame Maggie with some of the best one-liners you will ever hear.

 

 

The original cast is back, with the addition of Richard Gere (Pretty Woman) and Tamsin Greig (Black Books) as two undercover hotel inspectors completing one huge star-studded cast.

The film revolves around young hotel owner Sunni’s attempt to balance buying a new hotel with his wedding to his beautiful fiance Sunaina, with each of the characters also having their own subplot which all adds to the wedding madness. The characters are all so different yet they all form a kind of family, it truly is a heart-warming story. If you didn’t see the first film, I recommend that you do so as many of the plot lines follow on, although it is not too difficult to orient yourself if you watch this without its prequel. Tina Desai (Sunaina) looks stunning at the wedding and the choreographed Bollywood dancing is truly astonishing, these people really know how to do a wedding!

The whole film is fabulous from start to finish, and leaves you feeling all warm and fuzzy inside. It proves that you are never too old to have fun and gives off a message to people of all ages; live life to the full! Don’t be put off by the older cast, it really is a fantastic film, and I definitely recommend it to anyone who loves a feel-good comedy.

And best of all, no one tells Maggie Smith how to make a cuppa…