Trail of the Pink Panther Reviews
Other characters appear in new footage (Visibly aged since the first film 17 years prior) to link the Sellers material together...was a mess.
They tried to get it right with the cast because they recruited a list of actors from the past Panther movies. Sadly they don't spend enough time with the a-list and instead have long scenes with Clouseau's father who isn't nearly as funny, or even an American cab driver who tries too hard to get a laugh that never comes. Why bother getting David Niven to appear when all you're using him for is a glorified eulogy? You don't honor a comedy genius by having a bunch of overly dramatic scenes that feel out of place, you actually put effort into making the movie funny.
I think the biggest crime is that they manufactured the beginning of the film in order to have some semblance of a plot. Then less than halfway into the movie they act as though that plot has vanished. They never resolve the stealing of the Pink Panther, in fact they even have a reporter questioning Clouseau's lead suspect, and the subject of the diamond never comes up. If you want to make a tribute film then just do it, but don't create some illusion that you're starting something with a genuine plot and then abandon it halfway through. Trail of the Pink Panther is an example of good intentions gone bad.
*1/2 out of 4 stars