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The dreadful 2006 prequel/remake of "The Pink Panther" turned out to be
a travesty of a once splendid slapstick franchise about the world's
most incompetent French detective. The late British comic Peter Sellers
created Inspector Jacques Clouseau back in 1963 for director Blake
Edwards in the original "Pink Panther" with David Niven and Robert
Wagner. Watching Sellers mangle the language while performing his silly
shenanigans made for a sidesplitting experience. Steve Martin tried to
imitate Clouseau's clowning in "The Pink Panther" and for the most part
stumbled through the role. Indeed, he managed to salvage a moment or
two with his bumbling bravado, ridiculous accent, and a naughty word.
The biggest change between Sellers' Clouseau and Martin's Clouseau is
that Martin's Clouseau has moments of blinding brilliance that Sellers'
Clouseau never had. Surprisingly, three years later, Steve Martin has
captured the comic spirit of both Sellers and Clouseau in the lively
sequel "The Pink Panther 2" (*** out of ****) and "Agent Cody Banks"
director Harald Zwart keeps slapping us silly throughout this nimble,
91-minute merriment with riotous pratfalls and sight gags galore. The
2006 "Pink Panther" looked abysmal, but it coined over a $158 million
worldwide. Incredibly, the far superior sequel looks absolutely
fantastic, but it isn't generating the box office receipts of its
Like most sequels, "The Pink Panther 2" plays for bigger stakes. A mysterious thief, the Tornado, has stolen the British Magna Carta, the Italian Shroud of Turin, and the Imperial Sword of Japan. The ingenious Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber screenplay has the world authorities assembling an elite team of crack detectives to catch the elusive Tornado. Included are Italian investigator Vicenzo (Andy Garcia of "The Godfather, Part 3"), British cop Randal Pepperridge (Alfred Molina of "Spider-man 2"), and Japanese policeman Kenji (Yuki Matsuzaki). It is only a matter of time before French Chief Inspector Dreyfus (John Cleese of the Monty Python troupe) is summoned by Joubert (Geoffrey Palmer of "Tomorrow Never Dies"), his immediate superior, and ordered to add Clouseau to the team. The envious Dreyfus volunteers to take Clouseau's place. He tells Joubert that he has Clouseau on a special assignment to safeguard Parisians. In reality, Dreyfus has banished our hero to writing tickets for parking infractions. Joubert demands that Clouseau join the dream team. Initially, Clouseau is reluctant to leave France. He fears the Tornado will take advantage of his absence and pinch the Pink Panther diamond on display in a Parisian museum. Clearly, something must have changed because the diamond was set in a ring in the previous "Pink Panther." No sooner has Clouseau walked out of the terminal to board his plane to Rome than the word hits the airwaves about of the Pink Panther's theft.
"The Pink Panther 2" contains many memorable gags. In a restaurant in Rome, Clouseau selects a bottle of wine for his girlfriend, Nicole (Emily Mortimer of "Scream 3"), and winds up tipping the wine rack so all the bottles cascade out. Waiters scramble everywhere to catch these falling bottles. Only one bottle hits the floor, but it doesn't break! Just when everything seems safe, Clouseau crosses the room, steps on that wine bottle rolling across the floor, falls and throws his wine bottle into the air. Clouseau's wine bottle shatters on a flaming dessert dish, and the entire restaurant burns down! In another scene, Clouseau tries to sneak inconspicuously around a three story villa. He climbs onto the roof but falls backwards down the chimney, crashing through three fireplaces! In a duel of wits, Clouseau and Pepperridge display their powers of deduction. They observe things about each other that they have no apparent way of knowing. As the duel concludes, Pepperridge makes a comment about Clouseau's trip to the airport. A puzzled Clouseau wonders how Pepperridge knew about airport as he holds up the back of his hand that the passport official had stamped by accident.
The lunacy in "The Pink Panther 2" compares favorably with the better Sellers' "Pink Panther" movies. The martial arts hand-to-hand combat scenes in his apartment are hilarious. Director Harald Zwart and his writers have cleverly contrived events in advance so you are actually given clues about the villain's identity before Clouseau unveils the guilty party. The trouble is that unless you're vigilant, you'll miss this bit of foreshadowing. Jean Reno returns as Detective Ponton, Clouseau's right hand man, who is supposed to defend himself from any of Clouseau's unexpected attacks. You see, Clouseau has trained Ponton to be constantly vigilant, and the best way for Clouseau to test Ponton's vigilance is to attack him without warning. When Ponton's wife kicks his two sons and him from their house, they move in with Clouseau. Ponton's sons teach Clouseau a trick or two about vigilance. Not surprisingly, John Cleese is a lot funnier as Chief Inspector Dreyfus than Kevin Kline was in the 2006 "Pink Panther." Lily Tomlin shines in a small role as a overseer at police headquarters who monitors political correctness. She busts Clouseau for his sexist and racist attitude toward women and foreigners. Canadian composer Christophe Beck does an excellent job of duplicating Henry Mancini's unforgettable theme music. The Pink Panther cartoon that opens "The Pink Panther 2" is as good as any of the original "Pink Panther" cartoons. Happily, this "Pink" doesn't stink like its predecessor.
Having watched almost all the previous and Pink Panther movies which
starred the late Peter Sellers as the bungling, world famous and the
legendary French detective, Inspector Jacques Clouseau and Herbert Lom
as Chief Inspector Dreyfus, I was looking forward to this one, as I had
previously watched the 2006 one as well.
A bungling traffic cop is called upon to join a team who are investigating treasures that are being stolen. But he fears that someone will steal the famous diamond as soon as he leaves France.
Starring Steve Martin, John Gleese (former "Monty Python" actor and famously remembered for his character as "Basil Fawlty" in "Fawlty Towers" TV series), Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Emily Mortimer, Geoffrey Palmer, Andy Garcia, Jean Reno, Jeremy Irons and Jack Metzger, this is directed by Herald Zwart and is written by Scott Neustadter, Michael H. Webber and Steve Martin.
This Pink Panther cannot be compared to the ones that starred the late Peter Sellers and Herbert Lom. The jokes the gags are there and are good but something or the other makes it predictable, which the previous "Pink Panthers" didn't and this is perhaps the biggest let down to a "watchable" level in terms of rating. Steve Martin is quite convincing and does make one laugh and this is perhaps the saving point of this movie. But unfortunately, the same cannot be said for John Gleese - bit of a let down there and the character of "Cato," the karate servant, which was played by Burt Kwouk in the previous ones, is missed even though reference to the martial art are there.
Nevertheless, this is a movie that is worth watching once but if, like me you have enjoyed the previous Pink Panthers, then one should not expect much from this and should not compare it with them.. And finally, what can be said about the former Miss World, Aishwarya Rai (Aishwarya Rai Bachchan) except that she looks good and has performed well.
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Pink Panther 2 is a laugh riot from beginning to end. Steve Martin was born to play this role. The cast works together as a well timed comedy team that will cause you to laugh yourself into tears. The scene in which things were happening on the surveillance monitors before Clousea comes crashing down the chimney is simply pure comedic genius. During the showing I saw you could barely hear the movie at times under the audience's laughter. This movie is designed to do one thing and one thing only and that is to make you laugh and that it does. But it goes beyond what it is designed to do and it makes you love Insp. Jacques Clouseau. He's a slapstick Columbo and we have to wonder whether or not his bumbling is true or is he simply so cunning that he fools people into thinking he's a moron as he uses his wits to solve the crime. Anyone who doesn't come out of this movie with an achy side from laughing doesn't have a funny bone. Tell the Academy to establish an Oscar for best comedy portrayal and give Steve Martin the best actor award.
First of all, I'd like to say that a movie does not have to be of a
particular genre to be good. On the contrary, maybe getting out of the
stagnant and overrated dramatic genre should be honored and recognized.
Someone said not too long ago that "The Dark Knight" was nothing
without the special effects, and that couldn't be farther from the
truth than saying a movie is good because takes place during the 40's
or in a specific geographic area.
Steve Martin has never received the proper accolades because most of his work happens to be of comedic nature, whether in writing or performing, and yet, I dare any other of the so called best performers out there to take on any of Martin's role and improve on it. Making people laugh without vulgarity or crude gesture is hard work; it requires a talented, charming and skillful performer who can handle the material and is most importantly, able to connect with the audience. In "The Pink Panther 2", Martin does just that, never saying a foul word, resorting to the same tired idiotic look or themes that have earned a few fans, who might mistake idiocy for sublime portrayal of an inept and idiotic character.
Martin does glorious athletic work here, as he stumbles, trips, and flies out of some very tight and unexpected places, provoking loud and well deserved bursts of laughter from a very appreciative audience that can sit in a theater without cringing because the only thing we are seeing are tired references to sex or bodily functions. Martin does some amazing work as the plays inept, scorned lover, driven detective, and in one new classic scene, impersonates the pope.
The magnificent John Cleese even takes a backseat to the sensational work Martin does as he tries to find the missing treasures that have disappeared from a series of very famous locales. Doing some fine supporting work are Andy Garcia, Jean Reno, Alfred Molina, and Emily Mortimer, all doing wonderful and seemingly effortless comedic work.
To be fair, there are some terrific performances out there that have nothing to do with comedy, but it is time to give its due to terrific work that has been under-appreciated and ignored for too long. Martin, you are a comedy god and we can only hope that this film with more terrific work, an inspiration to many who pay tribute to the likes of W.C. Fields, Mae West, Eddie Murphy, Charles Chaplin, Buster Keaton, and many others who prove that comedy can shine, sparkle, and leave quite a lasting impression, as an enduring and quite exquisite artful form.
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I don't what these losers who are giving this movie a 1 Star are
talking about, this was a very very funny film! This movie is much
funnier than the first movie and a heck of a lot funnier than most of
the trash that is being called a comedy these days.
I thought Steve Martin did a really good job embodying the new Inspector Clouseau. He doesn't try to be Peter Sellers he is playing his own take on the role and I think it works well.
The cast in this film is excellent. Garcia is very good at comedy. The stuff that Martin does on the surveillance cameras was just a masterpiece of comedy. I've never seen something like that pulled of so good. It was hilarious. Also hilarious was Martin's great Spanish dancing performance which was absolutely hysterical.
The script was actually really good and there are several layers of comedy and storyline that merges well with each other throughout the film. All of the supporting actors do an excellent job. Tomlin's small role works well within the story and provides a lot of laughs.
I think the problem with this film is that the audience of today can't understand subtlety in comedy anymore. Buster Keaton as well and Laurel and Hardy were all very subtle and that's what made them great. Steve Martin did some very good subtle comedy in this film which was hilarious on top of the more slapstick stuff. The Vatican scene alone was worth the price of admission! The direction was superb and the comedy timing was right on target. I think all in all this is a classic comedy film. I wish that it continued for another 20 minutes personally. Ten out of ten.
In the tradition of most sequels go then this 2009 movie isn't fully as
entertaining or as fun as the first movie. Why? Well it was just
lacking an abundance of gags and slapstick comedy. It was as if the air
had leaked from the project prematurely.
The story in this second movie just wasn't fully up to par with the storyline in the first movie. That being said, don't get me completely wrong, it is still fun enough, it was just lacking a crucial comedy element.
Steve Martin is still nailing the role as inspector Clouseau, and Jean Reno doing equally well. Now as funny as John Cleese is then he just wasn't filling out the shoes left by Kevin Kline. As for Andy Garcia and Alfred Molina then they just weren't shining in this movie. Jeremy Irons, however, was really fabulous.
"The Pink Panther 2" is a mediocre comedy that really didn't bring anything new to the genre, nor to the legacy of Blake Edwards. As such it scores a mere five out of ten stars rating from me.
Tornado has stolen many of the world's treasures. A dream team of
detectives is recruited to find the thief. Chief Dreyfus expects to be
picked but they want Clouseau (Steve Martin). Gendarme Ponton (Jean
Reno) is his sidekick and his assistant Nicole Durant (Emily Mortimer)
is now his secret girlfriend. Dreyfus takes charge of the Pink Panther
diamond and it gets stolen. The dream team with Italian Vicenzo
Brancaleone (Andy García), British Randall Pepperidge (Alfred Molina),
Tornado expert Sonia Solandres and Kenji Mazuto arrives in Paris. Mrs.
Berenger (Lily Tomlin) tries to teach Clouseau some simple manners.
I've never found Steve Martin's fake accent that funny. The movie has even more fake accents than before. I don't find many things in this movie funny. I love Martin and I don't hate the attempt. I'm just disappointed. The new franchise still misses Cato. In this one, they try to replace him with two little kids. It's not the same thing. Jean Reno is still not funny. The unfunny parts of the movie are the only compelling things. The romance with Nicole and the actual investigation kept me watching but that's not the point of a Pink Panther movie. It's suppose to be funny.
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The Pink Panther 2 (2009): Dir: Harold Zwart / Cast: Steve Martin, Jean Reno, Alfred Molina, Emily Mortimer, John Cleese: Pitiful sequel where Inspector Jacquac Clouseau is united with a dream team of detectives to solve the thefts regarding The Tornado. Of course, he screws things up unintentionally but the screenplay was screwed up already. Perhaps he should solve the case of the missing good screenwriters. Directed by Harold Zwart who previously made One Night at McCool's and Agent Cody Banks. This is not much of an advancement. Steve Martin returns as Clouseau who is first seen at a demoted job location as a meter maid. He is assigned to this case where he must reclaim the Pink Panther diamond yet again. Martin survives the material with his mishaps and pure luck. Jean Reno returns as his faithful sidekick suffering from a shaky marriage but unfortunately this is a mere afterthought. Emily Mortimer plays Clouseau's assistant / girlfriend. And that is pretty much the height of her involvement. John Cleese is featured as the foil who appoints Clouseau to the case but the role is standard issue. It is obvious that he will witness Clouseau luck out again and solve the case. Alfred Molina is also featured the chief inspector and yet another useless foil. The film is visually well made with a few effective sight jokes yet it is also pointless and an unnecessary sequel. Score: 2 ½ / 10
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This movie was terrible. There. That's it. There really isn't anything
else that deserves to be said about this movie. Heck, it doesn't even
deserve a review. However, after suffering through this stupid,
horrible, abomination of what I guess can be passed off as a movie
nowadays, I decided I may as well throw in my two cents about the movie
in hopes that someone who is thinking about watching it will read my
review and decide to not touch the "movie" with a ten- foot pole.
Once again, the Pink Panther diamond goes missing--this time along with other priceless objects from around the globe--and an international task force comprising of representatives from Italy (Andy Garcia), England (Alfred Molina), Japan (Yuki Matsuzaki), India (Aishwarya Rai Bachchan), and of course Jacques Clouseau (Steve Martin) from France. The task force travels between France and Italy, investigating the disappearances of the priceless objects and Clouseau making a mockery of them the whole time, yet still being left on the case and never sharing the information he has gathered with anyone else until the end of the movie.
From this movie, I am convinced that Martin' Clouseau is the worst main character of any film ever made. Not only is he a bumbling idiot who solves his cases based on luck alone, in this movie he's a racist, sexist, bigoted, arson who holds two young boys out over a balcony of his second-floor apartment. That's our hero everybody. Now, the movie is not promoting these things, but it is still trying to pass of Clouseau as this great guy despite his inappropriate actions, which are so inappropriate he is constantly being brought to the office of Yvette Berenger (Lily Tomlin), a manners teacher who keeps trying to teach Clouseau political correctness. Then at the end she throws out all of her merits and in a way mimics Clouseau. What?
There are a number of pointless subplots and scenes throughout the movie that serve no purpose to it. The entire inclusion of Berenger and Clouseau's lack of understanding how inappropriate he is has no effect on the story or the main character. Clouseau's partner Ponton (Jean Reno) has a fight with his wife, gets kicked out of his house along with his two kids (Armel Bellec and I think Jack Metzger) and stays with Clouseau. The kids are kung-fu experts and have a play fight with them that results in Clouseau holding them over a balcony. Because of the kids, we do learn that Clouseau has a replica of the Pink Panther, but that information could have been given to the audience in another way. The resolution to Ponton's problem is him and Clouseau singing about shampoo and then saying he's going to make amends with his wife.
The movie attempts to have drama in the story from there being a boring love triangle between Clouseau, the Italian representative, and Clouseau's girlfriend Nicole (Emily Mortimer) that we care nothing about because we don't like the characters, to Ponton's marital issues that have no real outcome or presence in the story. Not only does the movie think it's funny, but it thinks it's good at having drama in it as well. Let me let you in on a little secret: it isn't good at it.
This movie is good at nothing. There is not a single joke that is funny nor is there a single likable character in the bunch or plot line to be invested in. This movie offers nothing and gives even less upon viewing it. This movie should be hailed as one of the worst movies ever made alongside Ed Wood's "Plan Nine from Outer Space" or any number of the latest Adam Sandler comedies.
I feel the negative press for this Steve Martin paycheck movie is overdone although ?The French Connection? this collection of sight gags this is not. The movie?s 7 attributed screenwriters deserve no awards but the casting agents deserve an Oscar: where else will you see John Cleese, Jean Reno, Jeremy Irons Alfred Molina and the late Andy Garcia on the same screen? You could also watch for the absurdist touches such as the casting of the uber-British Cleese as French police official Dreyfus or the name of the restaurant twice burned to the ground by Martin?s Clouseau which translates to ?A Plate of Nothing? or the wild sacrilege of Clouseau shaking out The Shroud of Turin. I?m not saying it is worth renting, but if you can get it for free spend a few minutes with it.
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