Pink Panther 2 Reviews
This second venture is just a rehash of the first in everyway, all the jokes have been seen in the original Sellars films AND the original Martin version, they have basically just gone over old ground yet again, absolutely nothing original here. The prat falls, jokes and set ups are so predictable and childish its embarrassing, the only amusing part was at the start when Cleese finds out he is being overlooked for a position in the 'dream team' for 'Clouseau', don't bother.
This time a master thief called the Tornado is stealing priceless artifacts which inevitably leads to the theft of the Pink Panther diamond. A dream team of detectives (Andy Garcia, Alfred Molina, Yuki Matzuzaki, and Aishwarya Rai) are dispatched with the bumbling Clouseau to find the treasures.
I will admit to liking this film more than the previous installment. It harkens back to the original, superior films. There were some parts that didn't work, but in the end it was an OK family comedy. It has problems, such as John Cleese as Chief Inspector Dreyfuss. I'm not bashing Cleese because he was totally suited for the role and blew away Kevin Kline. This is a typical Cleese role. The problem was that he didn't have a French accent. He had the John Cleese accent. And I know damn well he can do a French accent because of Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Come on John, say "I fat in your general direction! Your mother was a hamster and your sister smelt of elderberries!"
In the end this is geared toward children and kids will enjoy its pratfalls and such, missing the cringeworthy moments and plot holes. The funny thing is that kids don't really take to Seller Panther films. As I said, it beats the last film and is a tolerable thing to see when nothing else is on.
In this PG-rated sequel, Inspector Clouseau (Martin) must team up with a squad of detectives (Andy Garcia, Alfred Molina, et al) to catch a globe-trotting diamond thief.
If the French love the comic stylings of Jerry Lewis, than they will love being reduced to one-note child's play by a man once known for his brilliant standup. Oh wait, 'love' is not the word...it's hate. Through the running time of the movie (and this reviewer got whiplash from checking his watch so often), it proved amazing to watch the awed expressions of the actors playing witness to Clouseau's incessant bumbling...and then watching the same expressions on the faces of the audience who just plucked down cold hard cash to watch a palsied Charles Boyer, er, Martin defecate on his CV.
Bottom line: One in the stink
In 2006, The Pink Panther was revived, with Steve Martin playing Insp. Jacques Clouseau, the bumbling French idiot detective we all have come to know and love. The movie was made by Shawn Levy, and now we have Pink Panther 2, this time with Harald Zwart behind the camera. This movie is definitely one of the funniest entries in the Pink Panther legacy. New to the arsenal of actors, we have John Cleese as Chief Inspector Dreyfus (instead of Kevin Kline), Alfred Molina as Pepperidge, Andy Garcia as Vicenzo, Yuki Matsuzaki as the nerdy Kenji and Aishwarya Rai as Sonia. All are wonderful in their performances! The characters are all lovable, and yet a new plot has been cooking up too. In this hilarious new entry, there is a new thief in town, entitled The Tornado. Simply put, there is no need to compare this to the older entries, because this is just as funny as the older ones. Steve Martin is wonderful yet again as Insp. Jacques Clouseau and is at the top of his game, giving his best performance since his performance as Orin in Little Shop of Horrors. John Cleese is hilarious too as Chief Inspector Dreyfus and Alfred Molina is pretty funny too. But who really steals the show is Lily Tomlin as Mrs. Berenger. She definitely has some of the funniest scenes in the movie. Just how she always jumps in with the Political Corectness factor makes you laugh out loud. Sure, there are some discrepancies - Yes the opening credits (while funny) carry on for on a tad longer than they need to, yes some jokes are a bit repetitive, but overall, this is a hilarious success, and one of the best Pink Panther movie.