The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Composed By: Thomas Newman

Distributed by: Sony Classical

Reviewed by Melissa Minners


                In the sequel to The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Dev Patel reprises his role as Sonny Kapur, owner of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel in India.  Sonny has his hands full pitching an idea for a second hotel in India, making sure that the guests in his first hotel are pleased and planning his wedding to Sunaina (Tina Desae).  Maggie Smith returns as Muriel, now a partner in business and friendship with Sonny.  Also reprising their roles are Judi Dench as Evelyn, Bill Nighy as Douglas, Celia Imrie as Madge and Penelope Wilton as Jean.

                The musical score of The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel was created by award-winning American composer Thomas Newman .  Growing up in a family filled with singers, songwriters and composers, it seemed destined that Thomas Newman would find a career in the music industry.  Newman's scoring career began in 1979 with an episode of the television series, The Paper Chase.  In 1984, he composed his debut solo feature film score for Reckless.  Since then, Thomas Newman has composed musical scores for a number of well-known films, including Revenge of the Nerds, Desperately Seeking Susan, The Lost Boys, Fried Green Tomatoes, Scent of a Woman, The Horse Whisperer, Meet Joe Black, White Oleander, Towelhead, Brothers, The Helpp and the original Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.

                The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel takes place in India and, accordingly, contains music with an exotic, Indian/Asian sound...thirty tracks worth.  The music is fun, reflecting the upbeat nature of Sonny and the friskiness of his elderly hotel guests.  Though I expected a decent soundtrack from Newman and new that he would define the film's locale musically by using instruments from the region, I still was not prepared for just how perfectly region-defining this score actually was.  Nor was I wholly prepared for just how much I would enjoy it. 

                I already had planned to see The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, but after listening to this score, I have decided that I had better check out The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.  If the musical score by Thomas Newman is any indication, the movie is bound to be quite the enjoyable, funny and romantic experience.


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