The rag-tag pensioner pack have thoroughly acclimatised to their hotel home under the wing of their entrepreneurial host (Dev Patel in full Goodness Gracious Me flight), who with the guidance of Muriel (acid-tongued Maggie Smith, a dab hand with a morbid quip) dreams of expanding the concept into a sort of golden years chain. The plot is more doddery than spry and the tone often laddoo-sweet, but it’s a decently warming second helping of this irresistible ensemble cast.
The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel | Directed by John Madden (UK, USA 2015) with Maggie Smith, Dev Patel, Judi Dench. Starts April 2
Originally published in issue #137, April 2015