In the age of everything-gets-a-sequel, even your Aunt’s favorite movie “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” gets a followup. The first entry was a box office hit a couple years back, particularly overseas where it roped in $90 million all on its own. And now the series is franchising and expanding, and that’s not just snarky talk from us, but the actual plot of the movie.
Yep, Dev Patel is back playing Sonny, who is eager to build his hotel business, while Maggie Smith, Judi Dench, Bill Nighy and Penelope Wilton have returned, with even more happening in their lives. Meanwhile, Richard Gere is the new face in the mix, ruining everyone’s ovaries as the fresh silver fox on the block. And bringing it all together is director John Madden, returning from his duties on this first movie. And really, it’s hard to be too upset at a film like this which knows its demographic and is aiming right for it, with no pretensions to anything else. So, maybe send this link to your parents as an early holiday gift.