The characters in the Marigold Hotel movies are old and good friends. If in the first instalment, they were a sweet surprise, in The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, they were finally and gladly back after a long absence, even if not in such a good and delicate story as the first.
But that really doesn't matter much in here. The scenario could have been worse when trying to revive such a lovely story and characters, and I was actually expecting the worst. The movie trips on some points, such as over exaggerate the already effusive character Sonny Kapoor. It gets annoying pretty soon in the film. After getting over it , though, it is easy to relate to those cherished characters, in the telling of all the possibilities of life when we erroneously think that there are anything else new coming up ahead.
Judi Dench's Evelyn says, at one point, that there she is, having to reinvent herself again. "How many lives I'll have yet?", she asks. Getting old is not an easy business, but the toughest parts are brought in by our illusions and the comfortably numb idea by which older we get, less opportunities in life we'll have. I really hope that it is not true, because, at 45, I feel that my live doesn't even truly began. And the Marigold Hotel's guests tell me that by sweet stories about their new adventures at life in an age that most people thought they would be better at home watching TV, waiting for their own story to end.
|The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. Directed by John Madden. With|
the ever amazing: Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Bill Nigh. Writers: Ol Parker.
UK/US, 2015, 122 min., Dolby Digital, Color (Cinema).