The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
is anything but second best. We came out of the little Cinéma de la Plage last Thursday on a high, wishing there had been a second showing straight away! I’ve ordered the DVD.
Hilarious and witty script; extraordinary plot; fabulous cast, costumes and Jaipur setting; perfect ending: all contributed to a wonderful way to spend a dull, wet afternoon. Who would have thought that Downton’s snooty Dowager Countess of Grantham-cum-Jean Brodie, Maggie Smith, could turn into a feisty cockney dilapidated old duck with language to make your hair curl? Celia Imrie as a semi-pro courtesan was priceless casting. Bill Nighy as the bumbling tour guide, unable to remember his spiel, aroused such affection in the audience, as did Judi Dench as a trainee wheeler-dealer. All this and countless more superb performances made this into one of the best comedy films I have seen in a very long time.