70. The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Yesterday, I took a break from work and writing to see this film. As bright, inspiring, and witty as the first one, this movie made me feel warm inside and cheerful. Even better, the thought of growing old was less daunting. Because of the numerous hopeful messages, I chose this film to review on Media Monday.
Synopsis: Since the Marigold Hotel has been such a success with the elderly residents, the ever-optimistic Sonny decides to try to find a sponsor to open another one. However, this task turns out to be more difficult than he had supposed as he also prepares for his wedding while trying to fight off his rival. Meanwhile, the residents of the hotel have romantic decisions and life choices of their own to struggle through together. Evelyn and Douglas are somewhat in a relationship but both a bit anxious as Evelyn embarks on a new job. In a moment of drunken confusion, Norman unintentionally sets a hit man on his girlfriend Carol. Several new residents have moved in including a charming American, Guy Chambers, who Madge has her eye on although she is already stringing along two other men. Meanwhile, Muriel is helping Sonny but remains as cranky as ever. All the while, time continues to tick as the residents try to forget but cannot help but remember their age. Recovery Pluses: It is never too late to live a full life and change for the better. This movie shows that beautifully. All of the residents are in their 70’s or 80’s. However, they continue to love, lose, hope, dream, work, learn, and grow. Yes, their age is a challenge at times. However, they learn to move past that roadblock and instead live each moment fully. We would all do well to follow that example.
All of the characters in this film must learn some sort of lesson and grow in some regard. Evelyn finds the strength to stand up and live her life instead of waiting for the right moment when she is perfectly ready. Sonny must trust his fiance and others instead of relying on selfishness or pride. Even Sonny’s cold mother softens when she allows herself to be vulnerable and open to others. No one is left unchanged or unmoved. This is done not in a preachy manner but realistically hopeful way.
Cautions: There is a bit of suggestive talk and situations although everything is handled discretely. Norman is drunk once, and a few mild swear words are thrown about by the characters. Thus, this PG movie is better for older pre-teens and up.
This film was fun as well as inspiring. The dancing, costumes, and culture of India mixed with British characters was charming and unique. If you want to see a pleasant film, I would strongly suggest this one. It will leave you pondering life as well as longing to get up and do something.
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