The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Pomai Lopez
Actress & performing arts instructor

Where and with whom did you see the movie?

I saw The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel with my friends and fellow actors Braddoc DeCaires and Tasha Uluwehi Castro, at Ward Stadium 16 Consolidated Theatres.


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Pomai Lopez

Overall, what did you think?

I thought the movie had consistent storylines — a bit slow to start, but very enjoyable. The acting was wonderful. If you enjoyed the original, you’ll really like the sequel. It definitely makes you think and reflect on your own life. I think everyone will find a character they can relate to in this movie.

So which of the characters did you identify with?

There is something in all of the characters I could identify with. They were all confused about or struggled with making a big decision about work, relationships or just life in general, and found the “aha! moment” or epiphany that reminds you that you’re human and everything will be OK.

Without giving away the ending, what was one of your favorite scenes?

One of my favorite scenes was between Muriel Donnelly (Maggie Smith) and Evelyn Greenslade (Judi Dench). Evelyn, returning from a business trip, runs into Muriel, who’s getting ready for dinner. They have a discussion, checking in on each other. Muriel, who’s strong-willed and who helps to run the hotel, has been lost in her thoughts, thinking a lot about her life and wonders if and when she’s gone, would it matter or would anyone even care or miss her … Her friend and fellow resident at the hotel, Evelyn, with an honest and caring reminder, says, “You would be missed.” Muriel is caught off guard by Evelyn’s comment and smiles. I enjoyed how real and straightforward their friendship is.

On a scale of one to four stars, what would you rate this film?

I would rate this film ★★★. There could have been a bit more to some of the storylines.

What did you think of the cinematography?

The cinematography was great! Especially the realistic views of India. The beautiful landscapes, the people and buildings were wonderful. Also, the montages, the “roll-call” scene at the beginning and the “party blackout” scene, the cutting back and forth to all the characters showing the excitement and personality in each scene were really great!

Was the message/theme clear?

Yes. It was to have fun — life is an adventure and time is a gift, so don’t waste it. Sometimes you need to create your own opportunities. Love the life you live, and live the life you love.

Did any of the actors stand out?

Yes, the actors who stood out for me were Maggie Smith, Judi Dench, Penelope Wilton, Dev Patel and Richard Gere, some of the best in business. Maggie Smith’s humor and line deliveries are so brilliant. Penelope Wilton’s snarky but honest attitude brings such likability to her character. And Richard Gere, I’ve liked him since Pretty Woman, his smooth and quirky ways make you pay attention when he comes into a scene. Also, Dev Patel’s innocence and eagerness drive the movie.

On a different note, what’s new with you?

I was hired by and joined The National Theatre for Children. I am so grateful and thrilled to be a part of its touring company that will be traveling to Minneapolis in April, then back to the Islands to tour and perform at different elementary schools. And I am an instructor with Creative Kids Dance program, teaching creative movement and various styles of dance in daycares and schools around Oahu.

Also, I am helping to promote “Master Classes with Broadway’s Shoshana Bean” and “A Night with Shoshana Bean” concert. She is one of my favorite vocalists and is a veteran Broadway performer, so I am excited that she will be coming to Honolulu to share her expertise and that amazing voice with us! For more information, please visit