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Plot: Bumbling Inspector Clouseau must solve the murder of a famous soccer coach and find out who stole the infamous Pink Panther diamond. Runtime: 93 mins Release Date: 10 Feb 2006
I can't say it's a "great movie" because it probably wasn't. However, I was too busy laughing to notice. I honestly don't remember the last time I've laughed that hard, which is what this type of movie is supposed to be about.It actually has a reasonable plot line, etc. when compared to other slapstick type movies, but that is not what makes it a great movie. This movie is about laughing, pure and simple--if you're looking for more than that, go see something different. If nothing else, just hearing actors that are pretty familiar run around with an <more>
intentionally ridiculous french accent makes it worthwhile.
A Completely Different Panther (by SylvesterFox007)
Peter Sellers was Peter Sellers. Steve Martin is Steve Martin. In the same way, Steve Martin's Inspector Jacques Clouseau is a totally new creation, as uniquely Martin's as the original was uniquely Sellers'. The essential details are the same: the ridiculous accent, the unique level of incompetence, the tendency to karate-chop the air on reflex. But instead of trying to emulate Sellers, Martin fills out the character with his unique brand of goofiness. By the end of the movie, I had totally accepted Steve Martin as the new Inspector Clouseau, never once trying to compare him to <more>
Peter Sellers.The film starts out with narration by Kevin Kline as Chief Inspector Dreyfus Herbert Lom's character in the older films . The narration contains a few groan-worthy clichés but only exists long enough to set up the plot. Kevin Kline sometimes struggles to keep his French accent straight, but he makes up for it later in the movie with his willingness to be the butt of several gags.The movie then moves to one of its high-points: the credits. An animated version of Steve Martin's Clouseau chases after the famous Pink Panther to a traditional rendition of Henry Mancini's theme. The sequence is not only the cartoon cat's funniest appearance so far Must be happy to be doing something other than insulation commercials , but it's a treat for fans of the original films willing to indulge. Several moments pay tribute to the animated sequences of the Peter Sellers films, including "A Shot in the Dark." Then the real movie begins. Steve Martin shines as Inspector Clouseau, nailing the ridiculous accent perfectly. It even varies slightly from Sellers'. The plot is that of a conventional murder mystery, a nice change from the muddled plots of the previous movies. It's even possible for the viewer to spot the clues.Steve Martin's Clouseau has been upgraded from mere idiot to idiot savant. He's accident prone, absent minded, and slow on the uptake, but when he's got time to sit down and think it's not hard to believe he's capable of solving the case.Beyonce's character, while important to the plot, actually gets only a small amount of screen time. Her role requires only average acting talent. She may not be the most competent actress, but she is very competent when it comes to giving the camera absolutely smoldering stares.I found myself rooting for Martin to solve the case and get the girl. No, not Beyonce. Emily Mortimer as Dreyfus' scatterbrained secretary. She and Martin have great chemistry, as do Martin and sidekick Jean Reno. There's a real warmth in the relationship between Clouseau and Reno's character. The tired routines that were recycled so many times in the original films are thankfully gone, though there are several subtle nods to those familiar with the older films. While, sadly, the movie never once reaches the level of hilarity the originals did, the laughs are steady, the story flows nicely, and the characters are extremely likable. The movie may or may not appeal to fans of the original movies, but fans of Martin, especially the young ones acquainted with him as well as director Shaun Levy from the "Cheaper by the Dozen" movies, will love it.
This was really a fun movie, great, light comedy (by begelston-1)
Well, going in, I really expected that I was going to be be disappointed. Since I am a long time fan of the original Pink Panther movies, I knew it was a tall order to even come close. To my delight, however, I was pleasantly surprised. Even though I love Peter Seller's portrayal of Clouseau, it didn't stop me from enjoying Steve Martin's take on the role. The chemistry of the cast is good and the storyline moves along in an interesting and entertaining way. Kevin Klein does a good job playing the egocentric Chief Inspector and Jean Reno and Emily Mortimer provide good support. <more>
Don't let the jaded critics discourage you from seeing this funny movie. Go and enjoy an evening of light, well-executed silly, comic fun. I really hope they make a sequel!
Don't assume the worst with this one (by TOMMYSTV)
I saw this movie last night. I understand how sacred the original is to us but we have to accept to things, Peter Sellers is Dead and Steve Martin is not Peter Sellers. Once we get over this, it's time to lower our expectations a bit a start to realize that it's not a horrible movie. It contains the spirit of silliness from the original and as a remake, it holds up. I know this won't convince naysayers to stop the assuming and see the film but if I had to convince you all, I'll say one thing about it. See the movie for two reasons, it's a light inoffensive romp worth a <more>
matinée ticket price, and for Clive Owens cameo. I almost lost it. He was so funny and provided the relief of not seeing him in an upcoming MGM/Sony movie.
A whole new franchise..Steve Martin fantastic! (by jessie-39)
We start all of our reviews with the following information. My wife and I have seen nearly 100 movies per year for the past 15 years. Recently, we were honored by receiving lifetime movie passes to any movie any time at no cost! So we can see whatever we want whenever we want. The point of this is that CRITICS count for ZERO. Your local critics or the national critics like Ebert are really no different than you or me. The only difference is that they get to write about the movie and are forced to see hundreds of movies whether they want to or not.Therefore, it is our belief that if you get <more>
your monies worth for two hours of enjoyment that is good enough for us! We NEVER EVER listen or read the critics. We only care about our friends and those who we know like the same things as us. Well enough about that.If you love slapstick, sight gags, lots of fun and physical comedy you will love this movie. Steve Martin is terrific as is Kevin Kline. I hope it is the beginning of a new franchise for The Pink Panther. Enjoy
Finally!!! A Steve Martin movie that's actually FUNNY! (by invincible_irvine)
I have been waiting to laugh out loud at a Steve Martin movie ever since "Sgt. Bilko" back in 1995. Finally, after a long wait, I had a good chance to join in with the rest of a packed theater watching a funny Steve Martin movie! Martin is part of an actually ensemble cast of a lot of talent, ranging from the brilliantly fun Kevin Kline, to the surprisingly charming Jean Reno; and then there's Beyonce, who always dazzles the screen with her incredible charisma and beauty. In the middle, there are quite a few surprising brief appearances by some big name actors I WON'T SAY <more>
WHO , and they only help to enhance the talent put into this film.Without spoiling the film, I left the theater with a grin on my face, a rarity of late, and would like to see it again. This is a home run for Steve Martin, and I only hope that his writing he co-wrote the screenplay will stay at this level, which is where his audience would like for him to stay I watched Shopgirl and Novocaine, and was left severely needing a pepto-bismol .
A fun movie, and let's clear up a few things... (by iKramerica-1)
I really enjoyed this movie. I expected the worst because of many of the comments here, but that's why they play the game, so the saying goes...There were plenty of laughs and a simple but serviceable plot that held together for the whole film. I personally don't think Martin was trying to BE Sellers, but to do his TAKE on a character created by Sellers. Think original Clouseau + The Jerk and you get the idea.The key is that Marin captured the spirit of the character and the film captured the spirit of the original films as well. That's all one could ask.Jean Reno was quite good, <more>
Kevin Cline not so good. He might have taken more time to make his own Dreyfuss.Now to clear some things up:First: For those who lament a crappy remake of the original film, I suggest you go watch the original film. You will be surprised at how unfunny it is. Sellers is good, but the movie itself is slow and obvious. I remember loving the movie as a kid, then I tried to watch it recently and realized I was remembering the sequel. The original was really weak and boring.Second: For those who say Martin turned Clouseau into some kind of loser, I again suggest you watch the originals. He WAS a loser. He WAS pathetic. That was the point. He was a sexual repressed, pathetic loser who lucked into solving crimes while bumbling around and trying to get laid. Martin's Clouseau fits this mold.Third: This is not a remake, but another in a series. To suggest that the original is so sacred that another film in a series can't be made many years later is the worst kind of snobbery. Why do people treat films with such reverence but not plays or musicals? If a great star creates a character on stage, does that mean no one else can ever play that character in the history of theater? Of course not. Sorry to say, Sellars is dead. He can't come back and do it again.Now there are things about this movie that are different than the originals in terms of tone.One is that the subject matter has been toned down a bit. Though there is the implication of sex in multiple places and a few murders not violent and not seen , it isn't as risqué as the original, to fit a broader market one would suppose. Still not sure how they can get away with advertising it on Nickelodeon with links to NIck.com, but that's a typical Viacom/MTV problem.But this film is a bit lighter than the original for that reason. It is still satirical, but less blatantly pop culture gag driven than a Shrek. Pink Panther takes subtle jabs at the French and their love of cycling, hatred of American food, etc. It also incorporates a very fun sequence with 006, creates gags out of Viagra, ring tones, the TSA, etc. Basically, it's current without being so tied to 2005/6 that it will feel dated later.If you like to laugh, you'll like this movie. If you consider yourself a tough cookie for laughs, then you may not. But that's your fault, not the movie's... ;
Don't be swayed by some of the negative reviews. This movie is entertaining, and fun to watch. As has been noted in other posts, Martin is not Sellers, and Kline is not Lom. But you already know that. That being said, Steve Martin puts his own spin on the character, and most of the time it worked quite well. If you remember, the original Pink Panther was made in '63, A Shot in the Dark was in '64, and it was 12 years before the next one with Sellers was made. And during that time, Alan Arkin played Clouseau. So, Sellers playing the inspector wasn't an instant classic, and took <more>
over a decade to catch on enough to make sequels.The plot in this outing is no more strained or outrageous than the others, and the slapstick comedy is just as forced at times as in the previous movies. But that is what Panther fans expect. If you were an adult when the first Pink Panther movies came out, you will remember all of the negative attitudes from numerous movie goers about how silly and juvenile they were. But those of us who 'got' the humor loved them. And those of us who 'get' the humor this time around love this movie.I am just saying, give it a chance. It may not be the same as the originals, but it comes closer than anything else ever has or ever will. Sellers may be dead, but if you miss the spirit of Clouseau, it is alive in this movie. Let the people who want to appear sophicated bash this movie all they want, but I am pretty certain that even though they compare it to the original and point out its shortcomings, they would probably have had the same negative attitude toward the original movies had this forum existed back then.The movie doesn't take itself seriously, so we shouldn't take it seriously either. Watch it, laugh out loud, enjoy it, and have an enjoyable evening.
Martin depicts a new, but authentic Clouseau (by zuluf)
I am not a fan of movie remakes. Rather, I am pretty keen on authenticity of movies and characters, originality counts for me.Nevertheless, I liked this movie. Yes, Peter Sellers' Clouseau was one of my favorite characters in my childhood, but I liked Steve Martin as Clouseau as well, and the good thing is: He didn't do anything to the image of original Clouseau in my mind. He had the original Clouseau spirit, but he was a different "stupid detective with a French accent", reflecting the difference in his time and his style.Unfortunately, being a fan of Kevin Kline's <more>
humorous acting style, particularly that in the unforgettable "A Fish Called Wanda", I am not able to say I appreciated Kevin Kline's part in this movie. He was simply a plain Dreyfus with no trace of the excellent original, and with no flavor coming from Kline's proved talent. If a sequel follows this movie, I hope to see more from Kline, because there's no question that he can offer more and the original Dreyfus provides an excellent plot to build on.