Alright, so admittedly the headline you see above is a bit of a fib: I haven’t yet watched a single trailer for the sequel to Fox Searchlight‘s 2012 breakout hit The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, so referring to it as “second best” isn’t exactly fair. However, it was a chance to draw attention to the partly-absurd, partly-witty title of the upcoming film, so why not live a little and just run with me here, yeah?
For those of you not in the know, yes, there is a sequel to The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, yes, it is called The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, and yes, it is hitting theaters very, very soon, March 6 to be precise. I’m not entirely sure the intent regarding the title, whether it is a riff on hotel owner Sonny Kapoor’s (Dev Patel) general lack of business knowledge — why would you refer to your next venture as “The Second Best” anything? — or if it was seen as a clever way of titling a sequel, by placing the series number before the main title instead of after, but either way, that’s the title and they are sticking to it. If you need a quick rundown of the plot, here you go:
John Madden — the filmmaker, not the football personality — is back in the director’s chair for this second go-round, and the cast includes Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy, Richard Gere, Judi Dench, Celia Imrie, Dev Patel, Tamsin Greig, David Strathairn and Penelope Wilton. The crew’s first outing was a sweet little movie, not great but not bad either, and I have a feeling we’ll probably get more of the same here as evidenced by what I saw of the new trailer below. If nothing else, it ought to play well on an airplane, which is where I saw the first film.
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