Tuesday, June 16, 2015
The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2014)
Here is the problem. The thing that made the first movie charming is already a given in this movie, and the narrative fails to move forward at a reasonable pace. The hesitancy of Judi Dench and Bill Nighy's characters to even talk to each other about their relationship just seems juvenile at best and contrived at worst. It is possible that these seasoned stars thought it would be fun to return to these characters in this setting once more. But the result feels strained and slapped together, crammed as it is with silly mistaken identities and misunderstandings, adolescent jealousies and slapstick jokes. It is occasionally charming but not often enough for the movie to be enjoyable. And I watched it on a transatlantic flight, when I am at my most forgiving.