If you did not see the movie The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, which I enjoyed, you will be, I suspect, hopelessly lost watching the sequel, the aptly-titled The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. You won’t understand most of the characters’ relationships or motivations.
Even before The Wife and I saw the film at The Spectrum Theatre, my friend Steve Bissette had written this parallel to, of all things, the Andy Griffith Show:
“For me, SECOND BEST’s Dev Patel [as Sonny] was thanklessly trapped in the 21st century faux-Bollywood Don Knotts role. Like, if India was Mayberry, and Barney Fife was of course going to mistake the wrong person as “important” and treat the right person like dung, making us all squirm in embarrassment to the end. Continue reading “MOVIE REVIEW: The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”