As the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel has only a single remaining vacancy – posing a rooming predicament for two fresh arrivals – Sonny pursues his expansionist dream of opening a second hotel.
This film is such a delight to watch. I love pretty much everything about it – the A* cast, the mix of British/Indian cultures, the humour, the portrayal of school playground relationships playing out in later life as well …. but most of all Maggie Smith. Wow, Maggie Smith. She stole the show for me.
From the opening scene where Mrs Donnelly and Sonny are driving along Highway 66 in America to the absolutely classic scene where she lectures the waiter on how to make tea to the fact that the writers play with the audience’s expectation that when Sonny goes to see her in her room during his wedding you think she’s dead to the bittersweet voiceover that ends the film ….. absolutely fabulous performance.
Evelyn Greenslade: How was America?
Muriel Donnelly: It made death more tempting.
Muriel Donnelly: There is no such thing as an ending, just a place where you leave the story.
Muriel Donnelly: You know, there’s a long list of things I don’t care for: doctors, sunburn, mosquitoes, people who outstay their welcome… I could go on forever. But there is one thing I cannot bear, and that’s self-pity. It destroys everything around it. Now don’t be that idiot. Don’t let that happen.