This is why, I suspect, that the "Marigold" franchise has proved to be so popular with the over 50 year old cinema going public, for it underlines that EVERYONE no matter how old they are can have a second chance.
And so, set against the vibrant colours of an Indian Wedding we have Judi Dench embarking on a new career and a new relationship with Bill Nighy at the age of 79. Society good time gal Celia Imrie settling down with a gentle taxi driver instead of her Royal suitors and Career Man Gere giving up his job for the love of an Indian Widow.
Yes all bollocks
But it's pretty, colourful and fairly entertaining bollocks...even if the hotel manager ( Dev Patel) is far too garrulous and irritating for the average movie goer to cope with...
I had to laugh to myself too, for when Richard Gere appeared at the hotel reception for the first time, there was a loud ripple that went through the audience like a Welsh matrons' Mexican wave......
Maggie Smith as the foul mouthed Muriel
I have to give praise here to Maggie Smith , who reprises her role as the foul mouthed Cockney spinster receptionist Muriel Donnelly with some gusto. She steals every scene she appears in and the whole
film is given an unexpected and surprisingly moving turn when her character realises that she dying ( dying being the running gag throughout the movie)
This fact is underlined in one beautifully understated scene where hotel resident Evelyn (Judi Dench ) acknowledges Muriel's Possible Death through suicide.
Very little is actually said, just the powerful sharing of a message through two old faces, but it had me blubing with the rest of the audience at the packed independent cinema at Colwyn Bay Theatre!
Clever casting two old dames in their 80s who without breaking sweat could so easily rule the world.