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The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel picks up slightly after the original ended, and if you did not see The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel you could be a bit confused as to the relationships. All the same old folks are living in the ramshackle hotel in Jaipur, India, having ditched their old ways of defining themselves and it is going pretty well. Where the first one was about finding themselves, this one is about finding love. As with the first, a pretty straight forward story is elevated by an amazing cast including Dames Judi Dench and Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy, Dev Patel, and this time Richard Gere. It is a lot of fun!

Midnight’s Children

I knew I was in trouble when a friend of mine described the book “Midnight’s Children” as a “classic – but emotionally draining.” I generally don’t do very well with emotionally-draining classics – in literature, or on the big screen. And sure enough, I had a tough time with this film version of Salman Rushdie’s novel about two babies switched at birth in a Bombay hospital as India was declaring its independence from Great Britain in August, 1947.

Life of Pi

I was a big fan of the book Life of Pi, so I was very skeptical when I heard they were making a movie of it. The story of a boy and a non-speaking tiger adrift on a lifeboat seemed too interior monologue/narration dependent to make a decent feature. And yet, in the hands of Ang Lee (Brokeback Mountain; Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon), it is pretty magical, and I think the visuals alone are the reason to see this film. I didn’t see the 3D version, but if you can, I think that would be the better choice, because this is the kind of movie that deserves the extra dimension.

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

There are movies that only the British seem capable of pulling off, populated with non-caricatured older people who have depth and interesting stories to tell. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is one of those films. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that those old people are played by some of the most talented actors in the world, Dames Judi Dench and Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy, and Tom Wilkinson, and directed by John Madden who brought us Shakespeare in Love. It is funny and sweet with just the right amount of romance and a bit of drama tossed in to make it a thoroughly entertaining ride.