A Nutshell Review: The Pink Panther
The Pink Panther actually refers to an enormous pink diamond with a
flaw in the shape of a panther, and not to Inspector Jacques Clouseau,
but because of the iconic pink panther's appearance in the animated
opening credits, along with the all too familiar theme by Henry
Mancini, it's all too easy to associate one with the other.
Of course, many Pink Panther / Jacques Clouseau movies did deal with
the pink diamond, but there are other tales weaved into the Clouseau
mythos that did not. Peter Sellers owned the Clouseau role, and it is
naturally a pair of big boots to fill. But I'm glad to say that Steve
Martin has taken this role on bravely, and brought a new, more
in-your-face slapstick dimension to Clouseau. Purists might call it
blasphemy, but for the new generation, it might serve as a springboard
introduction to the Sellers' version.
This movie is set early in Clouseau's career as an Inspector, prior to
the first Sellers movie. It's an updated retelling however, with things
like the Internet and Viagra worked into the plot. And the plot is
extremely simple - the French football coach gets assassinated during a
football game, and his Pink Panther diamond goes missing. Chief
Inspector Dreyfus (Kevin Kline) deliberately assigns police idiot
Clouseau to the case, while secretly working behind the scenes to try
and track the case himself, for the medal of honor.
So we follow Clouseau and his assistant Ponton (a clean shaved Jean
Reno) as they go about their investigations, bringing them to casinos,
recording studios, football changing rooms, and even to New York. There
are plenty of situational comedy, slapstick, and loads of subtle sexual
innuendo wordplay, playing up on Clouseau's mispronunciation and double
takes. But certain scenes do stretch it a bit and somehow could be
omitted, like the part where he engages an American speech coach.
What made this movie enjoyable, is the casting. Steve Martin brought a
sense of familiarity, and he partners Jean Reno really well. The
chemistry between the two men made this movie watchable, as we see Reno
breezing through this with a deliberate straight face. Match Point fans
might be glad to see Emily Mortimer here as Clouseau's bespectacled
secretary, and it seemed that she was there as an unexpected love
interest, as well as to further certain gross humour from the start.
Beyonce Knowles stars as a singer (what else?) and she can add this
role to her resume for being featured in another detective/spy
franchise (the other being Mike Myers' Austin Powers). Sadly, she
doesn't do much here except pout, dress sexy, perform sexy, and sing,
compared to her much meatier role as Foxy Cleopatra.
But the real gem in this movie, is that of Clive Owen's appearance.
Watch out for that casino scene, where he appears in a tuxedo, and in a
role that gives everyone a glimpse of what he can do as 007. That
suaveness, that campy drink made fun of, and easily discovered as being
in her Majesty's secret service. Sadly, it's a role that's not to be,
but here, he hams it up as 006 (you must listen closely to Clouseau's
follow up comment on that!). It's a real blast! Alas, this film is
(drumroll please) censored at a point. And that's very disappointing. I
thought the whole dance sequence with Clouseau and Ponton could have
contributed to more laughs. I was laughing, then stopped when the music
jerked, obvious that a censor's scissors had made its effect felt. It
was a bad cut, and perhaps one which was unnecessary even to keep it
within PG levels.
The storyline is predictable and it's nothing to shout about. But to
chase away long workday blues, then give The Pink Panther a watch, You
just might be tempted to get your hands on the original series, just to
see Clouseau work his magic in his other adventures..
Miky264 watch The Last Kiss movie
best pink panther ever.
daoh88 watch Ace In The Hole movie
hilarious! ... very good movie! .
aweescotts watch Scanners II: The New Order movie
a tribute to the original, funny, good for the family..
Freestyler watch Intervention movie
hahaha good one.
Freestyler watch The Same House movie
what a movie....hahaha laughed a lot .
Pink panther - Chris Martin kills you with his funny act..
thats one rare stone.
i like this movie as wellllll.
I don't any other comedian could have pulled this role off any better.
nour al deen needs some thing big.
While obviously nothing can hold a candle to Peter Sellers and the
original Pink Panther, I was pleasantly surprised with this new
installment. I went in being very skeptical, but I laughed through most
of the movie, and left satisfied by the experience. Beyonce really
should stick to singing, so it was good that her speaking role wasn't
very big; honestly a different person for her role would have made the
movie better. At the movie theater or renting it later, it is
definitely worth a look. Plenty of slap-stick, and Martin's accent is
more over the top than Sellers, which made some of the situations very
funny. And yes, his pronunciation of "hamburger" features quite
prominently in it..