Tuesday, February 17, 2015

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Director: John Madden

Starring: Dev Patel, Maggie Smith, Judi Dench, Richard Gere, Bill Nighy, Ronald Pickup, Diana Hardcastle, Penelope Wilton, Tamsin Greig, Celia Imrie, Tena Desae, Lillete Dubey, David Strathairn, Shazad Latif, Christy Meyer, Seema Azmi, Rajesh Tailang

Not quite as good as the original but not a bad feel good movie for all that. Same crew, more or less, with a few new faces, back in their Indian eventide retreat. Now 8 months later Sonny Kapoor (Dev Patel ) and Muriel Donnelly (Maggie Smith) are keen to expand but in need of investment monies. Off to the US to plead for funding from the cut throat granny farm industry and half promised they will send a hotel inspector incognito to check things out. Meantime back at the Best Marigold Hotel in Jaipur it is life as usual with the old greys getting on with their new lives and awaiting for the impending wedding. Lovely cast make the most of a thinly disguised plot when farce meets Bollywood in this real 50 shades of grey. Highly recommended.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Selma



Director: Ava DuVernay

Starring: David Oyelowo, Tom Wilkinson, Carmen Ejogo, Andre Holland, Andrew Young, Omar J. Dorsey, Alessandro Nivola, Giovanni Ribisi, Colman Domingo, Oprah Winfrey, Tim Roth.

A moving rendition of the events in Martin Luther King Jnr’s life which led to the Walk for Freedom in Selma Alabama in 1965. King Jnr (David Oyelowo) is the champion of civil rights but also a man, husband and father. He had to put these matters aside as figure head of the Southern Christian Leadership and its quest for gaining voting rights for black people in the South. This is a well crafted movie and at times almost feels the tension as events lead up to the walk of defiance. The bridge scenes are a mini-masterpieces of tension in which the director makes terrific use of silence to create a sense of fearful anticipation. The supporting performances are spot on with Tim Roth superb as Gov. George Wallace, and Tom Wilkinson the perplexed and willful President Lyndon B Johnson. Not to be missed and probably the best film you will see this year.