Movies: Y’s Weekly Guide to What’s On

26 Mar 2015
POSTED BY Y Magazine

The Second Best Marigold Hotel



With The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel now fully booked on a permanent basis, co-managers Muriel Donnelly (Maggie Smith) and Sonny Kapoor (Dev Patel) begin looking into expansion and set their sights on building The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.

The film takes us back to the familiar enclave of British pensioners based in Jaipur, Rajasthan, with Judi Dench, Bill Nighy and Celia Imrie all returning, along with new face Richard Gere, an American silver fox who Sonny pegs as the undercover inspector sent by a US retirement home business to assess the project’s potential for investment.

Culture clash clichés were largely exhausted in the first film, meaning that the sequel had bring something new to the table, which it does through a variety of sub-plots, that combine to make the sequel just as good, if not a little better than its predecessor. With several strands woven together throughout the duration of the movie, there is a looming threat of descent into the realms of soap opera, but the final act sees everything resolved in a pleasantly subtle and unexpected way, against the vibrant backdrop of a grand Indian wedding. The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is the definition of a feel-good film and just goes to prove you’re only as old as you feel.

Verdict: 3/5

Insurgent

5

In the second installment of The Divergent Series, Tris (Shailene Woodley) and Four (Theo James) continue their fight against the dystopian police state that rules their post-apocalyptic world with a faction system, used to assign a function and role to each individual in society. It seems you can barely move for teen-fiction film adaptations these days and while the sequel is going to be essential viewing for fans of the series, everyone else would be better off starting at square one with last year’s Divergent in order to get up to speed.

Verdict 2/5

The Gunman

2

Jim Terrier (Sean Penn) is an international operative who was forced into hiding to avoid retribution after assassinating a minister from the Democratic Republic of Congo. Years later he returns to Africa attempting to atone for his sins through humanitarian work for an NGO, but his murky past soon catches up with him as he finds himself a target of those with links to the original hit. Pierre Morel, the man behind Taken, is in the director’s chair, so rest assured you can expect similar amounts of scenery chewing action scenes and a somewhat excessive body count.

Verdict: 3/5

Preview: A Little Chaos

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This romantic drama tells the story of Sabine (Kate Winslet) a landscape designer who is chosen to work with the renowned architect André Le Notre (Matthias Schoenaerts) in designing and building one of the main gardens at King Louis XIV’s new palace at Versailles. While some members of court look down upon her due to her humble origins, Sabine finds herself drawn to the enigmatic Le Notre.

Bollywatch: Dilliwali Zaalim Girlfriend

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Director Japinder Kaur’s first Hindi feature film tells the story of Dhruv (Divyendu Sharma), who falls into a one-sided love affair with a materialistic girl (Prachi Mishra). After taking out a loan to buy a car in order to woo her, he struggles with the repayments and learns some tough lessons about how cruel life can be.


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