to Evelyn and of course you really wish he would. And of course being this is a feel-good movie you feel pretty confident that you will not be disappointed. It is this thread of the story that is the strongest. Underlying the whole narrative is ageism as the majority of the characters are over sixty and you half expect one of them may keel over at any time and will not be answering Sonny's roll-call in the morning. In reality, many people are living to a hundred and beyond, which might suggest that we will see a triad - The Third Best Exotic Marigold Hotel? By the closing of this film we already know that one of these characters we will not see again. The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is at its very best when it focuses on life and what people can still achieve with the time that they have. The preparation of Sonny's wedding to Sunaina (Tina Desai) and the wedding ceremony itself is beautifully staged and you can almost feel cell rejuvenation amongst the cast. The photography is superb and the ambiance of India is expertly captured with the chaotic mixture of traffic and stall holders bartering their brightly coloured cloths and merchandise, while you sniff the spice-filled air. The finale will have your feet tapping as the wedding couple take to the floor and the wedding guests dance the night away. Excited, exhilarated, joyously celebrating Sonny and Sunaina's marriage...and celebrating the optimism of life. This is a wonderful film, beautifully acted and directed, and equally...if not even better than the first. So, please, check it out and check in to The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, and enjoy your stay - I would recommend the majestic suite, with Sonny's approval of course. This is actually a much more Shakespearean story of comedy of manners and human foibles and I think you are focusing on the younger couple much more in this movie has added a lot to it and allows all the characters with their middle-ages problems to bounce around. - Richard Gere. The film is screening at The Gate, Notting Hill, where you can always expect a warm welcome. 23
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