You might be a Lost fan if…..
- You appreciate the following sequence of numbers, especially when it comes to playing the lottery: 4 ,8, 15, 16, 23, 42.
- You watch Once Upon A Time and remember when Emilie deRaven, Elizabeth Mitchell and Rebecca Mader were known on screen as Claire, Juliet and Charlotte, not Belle, Ingrid and Zelena.
- You rank the sex scene between Sawyer and Kate in the cage as one of the hottest television sex scenes.
- You want to attend a Drive Shaft concert and know the lyrics to “You All Everybody”.
- You have a new outlook on air transportation.
- You still feel like many questions were left unanswered, especially from the finale.
- It was the most irritating, entertaining shows on television that kept you begging for more.
- You watched the finale with a box of kleenex to wipe your eyes and a pad to write down the limitless fanfiction ideas /questions that entered your mind.
- You want to visit or have visited Hawaii because of Lost.
- When the reruns are on, you still sit down to watch.
- And finally, you still question the wisdom of the final pairing of Jack/Kate and Sawyer/Juliet.
The general rule is that when it comes to movie sequels is that for every movie sequel that does justice to the original film, there are many others that tarnish the reputation and quality of the first film.
Thankfully, The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2015) does not tarnish the reputation of it’s predecessor.
The movie starts 8 months after the first film ended. The residents of the The Exotic Marigold Hotel remain as we left them. Muriel D0nnelly (Dame Maggie Smith) runs the hotel with Sonny Kapoor (Dev Patel). Sonny is eager to expand the hotel. Evelyn Greenslade (Dame Judi Dench) is having a will they/won’t they relationship with Douglas Ainslie (Bill Nighy). But his marriage to Jean (Penelope Wilton) might be over emotionally, but not legally. Madge Hardcastle (Celia Imrie) is caught between two local men.
Ronald Pickup and Diana Hardcastle (Norman Cousins and Carol Parr) are comfortably together, but their relationship is being tested. Sonny is also in the middle of finalizing wedding preparations with his fiance, Sunaina (Tina Desai), but his insecurities come out in the person of the best friend of his soon to be brother in law. Added to the cast is American author wannabe Guy Chambers (Richard Gere) and newcomer Lavinia Beech (Tamsin Greig).
I liked the first film and I was eager to to see this one. Unlike many sequels, this movie did not let me down. It was as charming, funny and entertaining as it’s predecessor. What both movies have taught me is that life and learning does not end when we reach a certain age. We can be 70 years old and still be learning something new every day. We can be 70 years old and still feel the butterflies and uncertainty of new love.
This movie is wonderful. It proves that age is nothing but a number and life’s ups and down’s continue. It also proves that female performers can draw in audiences at 70 as they did at 35.
I absolutely recommend this film.
The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is presently on DVD.