Hollywood Hacks Gut Another Classic!
Being an enormous fan of the original Pink Panther series, I expected
as soon as I saw the preview that this film would be another
unimaginative Hollywood rehash of a timeless classic, but I decided to
give it a chance, and paid the price of the admission ticket.
From the outset, I immediately saw the kind of uninspired performance I
expected from Steve Martin for that role. Granted, filling the shoes of
Sellers, an enormously versatile and larger-than-life comedic actor,
was an impossible feat, casting Martin was probably the second biggest
blunder in the film just shy of the inclusion of Beyonce Knowles (If I
never see her in another movie again, it will be too soon!).
In the context of the original film, the role of Clouseau, a decorated
French inspector who somehow solved crime after crime, yet was unable
to draw a bath or carry home a bag of groceries without suffering some
calamity, could be no more aptly and humorously portrayed than by Peter
Sellers. Through his genius of improvisation, every glaring, pouting
expression of self-importance, every hilariously disguised caricature,
every unwitting racially derogatory remark and drawn out accent slur,
that today no amount of Hollywood budget acting and special effects
could replicate, the character of Clouseau was irrefutably the very
essence and spirit of the original Pink Panther series.
Understanding the concept of the original Clouseau is an important
aspect to understanding how to play the role effectively. Why was the
original Clouseau funny? He was not intended to be an over-the-top
slapstick character. On the surface, he was an overtly vain, pompous,
and trite personality, not typically qualities that generate mirth,
however his oftentimes childish mannerisms while attempting to maintain
a serious demeanor and the subsequent outcomes of his behavior were the
essential ingredients that made this character so provocative. Sellers
could capture all of these aspects in his performance with his
signature patronizing smugness, all the while lending certain
distinctive nuances to every gesture and every glance. These subtle
devices were what made all the awkward posturing, absent-mindedness,
and illogical crime-solving methods so effectively unique and
What Steve Martin forgot in attempting to portray Clouseau was this
essential blend of subtle contradictions. In his attempt at beating the
audience over the head with blatant slapstick and forcibly contrived
mannerisms, he was no longer Clouseau, but some tepid Vaudeville
performer better suited to a saloon than a theater. In no way did he
come close to capturing the distinctive Sellers style that defined the
Without a believable Clouseau, the Pink Panther was only a shell of its
former self. No film, no matter how well conceived the plot, could fill
the void that was left by the evisceration of its central character,
especially if that character was played by Peter Sellers. Subtlety and
that signature Sellers quirkiness were the essential ingredients that
the new Inspector's performance lacked. To Martin's credit, probably no
actor today could have come close to filling the shoes of Inspector
Clouseau, and the added offenses from supporting cast members at least
made Martin slightly less to blame for a truly abysmal tribute to a
once exceptional classic.
It is worth mentioning the one redeeming quality, the film's
soundtrack, which did lend some vitality to an otherwise vacuous
production, and finally, it goes to show that some things should not be
tampered with. Classic films are no exception, especially if left in
the hands of profit-driven Hollywood hacks. The attempt to improve on
or interpret what is very clearly out of their league to do so only
denigrates the achievement of the original work, and can only spawn the
kind of abomination we have seen with the new Pink Panther film..
Miky264 watch The Hills Have Eyes II movie
best pink panther ever.
daoh88 watch Lullaby movie
hilarious! ... very good movie! .
aweescotts watch FernGully: The Last Rainforest movie
a tribute to the original, funny, good for the family..
Freestyler watch Billy Elliot movie
hahaha good one.
Freestyler watch Forever Mine 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.
A Funeral Of Sorts
I knew, of course I knew it couldn't really be anything like the
original - The word original in itself tells you something. But I went
because I love and respect Steve Martin and thought that perhaps he had
some ace up his sleeve and was going to delight and surprise everybody.
Stupid me, really. But I couldn't possibly have imagine that the movie
was going to be the moronic disaster it turned out to be. Not a moment
of real comedy, not a moment! Leave poor Clouseau in peace! Invent
something new! Greed, I imagine is at the center of it all. The famous
franchise syndrome. Let's beat the whole thing to death, without
realizing that it's been dead now for quite some time. The scenes
between Kevin Kline and Steve Martin should have been classic (They
were funnier in Grand Canyon) instead a sad forced unconvincing attempt
to justify their pay checks. I'm totally disappointed and depressed..