Directed by Shakespeare In Love's John Madden, the charming drama-comedy is based on Deborah Moggach's 2004 novel These Foolish Things, and features a veritable who's who of lauded British thespians, including Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy, and Tom Wilkinson. The owner of the run-down hotel is Sonny Kapoor Dev Patel , who wants to marry his girlfriend, Sunaina Tena Desae , as soon as he can surprise his doubting mother and rise to the level of his brother by making the hotel a success. Douglas Bill Nighy and Evelyn Judi Dench continue to play coy with each other, and Evelyn thinks she may have ruined her chance to have a relationship with him when she unthinkingly rebuffs an invitation to travel away with him to the same city where she has a business trip. However, the bonus section seems like a big failure, given that the film seemed to be so popular with audiences. Dialogue Reproduction: Everyone sings and speaks clearly.
He takes this idea to an American hotel franchise headed by one Ty Burley David Strathairn. Black levels are as dense as they need to be and contrast is spot on, carving out a picture with plenty of dimensional presence. As expected, I did not walk away from The Best Exotic Hotel with a sense of wonder about what I saw, but I did not hate it either. With that in mind, the whole gang with one obvious exception is back for more in The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, which is now looking stunning on Blu-ray. On arrival, they discover that the hotel falls somewhat short of the romantic idyll promised in the brochure, but they are gradually won over by the ever-optimistic young manager Sonny, and tentatively embark on a new adventure, finding that life can begin again when you let go of the past.
It is a pretty standard comedy-drama that features great actors doing very solid work, but within the framework of a story that is not very good. Nach seinem erfolgreichen Start als Hotelmanager plant der stets zuversichtliche Sonny Patel ein zweites Resort — und seine eigene Hochzeit. The mixing on this whole track is well done, as dialogue is always very clear in the midst of various bits of music and ambient sounds going on in the background. Even if I find Gere bland and Patel annoying, you still have Smith, Judi Dench, Bill Nighy and others who are all quite capable, but they do little to save this film. When it comes to The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, we can actually circle e. The film is too high-spirited to get caught up in the dramatic beats, which would explain why problems are resolved almost as quickly as they are introduced. From a dramatic standpoint, the conflicts in this film are hardly something that really seems to matter.
The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is more annoying to watch that it is to say the title in full and that is a shame, given the pedigree of the cast. Director John Madden does get to have some fun in showing off the country. Meanwhile, the elderly folks have their own things going on. We will update this page with more details as they become available. This time around, Sonny Kapoor Dev Patel , proprietor of The Exotic Marigold Hotel where things are going smoothly for him and the resident ex-pat Brits now settled in to their new lives in India is having to juggle the management of the hotel with his impending nuptials to his fiancée Sunaina Tina Desai.
There's nothing particularly new here—expect the usual love triangles and heartache, the mid-to-end life crises and marital blowups—but screenwriter Ol Parker has woven these characters together into a detailed tapestry of getting-up-there-in-age motifs. While the script by Ol Parker, based off the novel, These Foolish Things, by Deborah Moggach, may be lacking in more than just a reason to put good actors in an exotic location, there are some nice visuals to see and scenery to watch the characters interact within. Depth: Objects and characters have their own space and environments that allow for a good sense of dimensionality. Penelope Wilton finds a good balance in the movie's toughest role—which requires her to be a shrill, nagging cipher—and Bill Nighy lopes along with his loveably hangdog looks and understated wit. This is complicated by an oncoming wedding, the status of the various old folks that populated the first film, and the arrival of an anonymous inspector possibly played by Richard Gere.
Sonny, however, is convinced that this Guy is the guy, meaning, the guy that Ty has sent to investigate them. Upon their return home to India, a new hotel guest arrives, Guy Chambers Richard Gere , who says he is a writer working on his first novel. It really comes as no surprise that the film is this good looking, even if the quality of the movie is off. These people are all enticed by an advertisement for the newly restored Marigold Hotel, but they arrive to find the place a shell of its former self. Check this one out if you need an excessively charming film that has little else to offer.
July 31st, 2015 by Aaron Neuwirth It is a rarity to get a sequel of this kind. The turquoises and pinks and intense greens of shanty-like local homes and storefronts. But the production also invokes the hot, sunny atmosphere of the country with the warm, bright look. Thankfully the cast is why people would want to see this movie and they deliver on continuing to be great actors, but the film as a whole did not do a whole lot for me. For my two rupees, though, Tom Wilkinson gives the most memorable performance, lonely and bereaved, graceful and kind, harboring more secrets than his heart can bear.
The front gets the most emphasis in quieter scenes, but there is no real issue to be found. Promising adventure, romance, and inexpensive living, the erstwhile British colony calls all seven of the characters. Doug excitedly goes off exploring while his pessimistic frump of a wife sits within the confines of the hotel, complaining about everything. Surround Sound Presentation: A great mix here, as we can clearly here all that is offered in the soundtrack, score, dialogue, sound effect, and ambient noise balanced quite well across each channels. Director John Madden gives the picture a satisfying tone as well; it's wistful but still energetic, sometimes tragically sad but also brilliantly funny. The darker scenes have good shadow detail as well.
This is a pleasant distraction done well on Blu-ray. Audio: Rear speakers come alive during street scenes, but otherwise the ambience is relegated to the wide swath of sound that spans the front and center speakers. As a result, the film has plenty to portray, as far as these settings and the Blu-ray does a great job of capturing so much detail. Backing up the ongoing drama is a fantastic, locally-inflected score by Thomas Newman, the multiple Emmy and Grammy award-winning composer who's probably best known for his work on The Shawshank Redemption and American Beauty. I do understand that the cultural divide and the reaction these folks have to various situations is supposed to be part of the humor, especially since they are the ones who are being made the fool, but that said, it still feels like an old fashioned comedic trope that does not play as well now. The burnished orange of marigolds in heaps. And in the film's most affecting storyline, Graham goes searching for his long-lost first love, wracked by guilt over the circumstances that originally drove them apart.
November 15th, 2012 by Aaron Neuwirth So it seems like this past summer had a lot of people heading to the art house theaters to see either Moonrise Kingdom or The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, if not both, which mostly resulted in major praise for either one. The film's first act introduces the ensemble cast of geriatric characters by way of quick but insightful vignettes. We also get a sublime amount of visual stimuli in the wonderful traditional wardrobes that leap from the screen with their vivid primary colors. The music is rich and layered and clear, emerging from all sides. Misrepresented by way of Photoshop trickery, the once grand hotel turns out to be a shabby dump, run by the hopelessly naive Sonny Slumdog Millionaire's Dev Patel , an in-over-his-head youngster with zero business sense.