The Pink Panther
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Kevin Kline, Beyonce Knowles
||It's really better
||Only if she's
bringing her six year old.
||Hinted, but badlly.
||I did like the
camouflage scene for some bizarre reason.
||There was one, but
I forget what it is. Guess it wasn't so memorable
Wow. After seeing the remake of "The Pink Panther"
starring Steve Martin, all Iíve got to say is "Where do I
start?" I suppose Iíll start with a quick story synopsis,
and then continue with all the other thoughts.
The Pink Panther
A Movie Review
For this film we get Steve Martin playing the role of the
bumbling detective Inspector Clouseau and Kevin Kline as
Chief Inspector Dreyfus. It seems some rich soccer coach
dude gets offed after his team won the big game. Xania (Beyonce
Knowles) was the dudeís girlfriend, so, of course, sheís a
suspect. Dreyfus brings in Clouseau as the lead detective
for this case so that while Clouseau is making a mockery of
himself, well, Dreyfus can find the real killer and get all
of the glory and the big Medal of Honor. Dreyfus also has
Gilbert (Jean Reno) be Clouseauís partner so that Gilbert
can feed Dreyfus everything Clouseau is doing just in case
Clouseau actually gets a real clue.
As the movie goes, yea, Clouseau gets into all kinds of
pickles, has a really bad accent that causes some problems
at the airport, and yes, solves the crime. Hooray, Clouseau
does it again!
So, with that quick synopsis, let get to the other places
I could have started.
At first glance, with the original trailer, I almost
thought Steve Martin could be a nice replacement for the
role made famous by Peter Sellers. I was mistaken. There was
something endearing about Peter Sellers as Inspector
Clouseau, especially since he was the original, and heís an
original that can have no replacement. It also makes me
wonder about the choices Steve Martin is making, and he even
had a writing credit for this film. Here he is, one of the
great comedians of our time, and heís in roles that seem,
well, far beneath him, like this movie and "Cheaper by the
Dozen 2." Itís almost like he takes these for the money so
he can go and make a movie like "Shopgirl." I love Steve
Martin, but a movie like "The Pink Panther" drops that love
just a tad.
And donít get me started about Kevin Kline. Hereís
another brilliant actor, in a role that can in no way
compare to that of Herbert Lon. He tries, but just doesnít
cut it. I could also go more into why Beyonce or Jean Reno
would lend themselves to this movie, other than the idea
that "Itís got Steve Martin and Kevin Kline? I donít need to
read the script, of course Iím in!" filled their heads
rather than, well, reading the script.
Hereís another thing that bugged me about this flick. As
a young lad growing up there was just more hinted sex for
the original films, and better fighting between Clouseau and
Cato, even some slight nudity in "The Pink Panther Strikes
Again," that instantly makes it a classic in the eyes of a
pre-pubescent boy just coming into the age of "Wow, sheís
hot!" I couldnít figure out where they were really going
with the remake because it seems they wanted to make this
version of "The Pink Panther" a little more adult, but
decided that itís only chance to make some money was to
clean it up so it could be rated PG for the kiddies rather
than the PG-13 the movie really needed to be for the adults.
My recommendation for this film would have been to just go
all out and make it a true adult comedy and shoot for the R
rating. Damn, thinking about it, an all-out R-rated Pink
Panther could really have been funny.
Well, this review is getting too long as it is for a
movie that really isnít made for adults. The six-ish year
old next to me seemed to love the film, laughing at
everything a six-ish year old would laugh at, and there was
someone else towards the back of the theater doing the same.
Me, I did laugh a couple of times, and yes, they did have a
scene showing farts are funny, but for the most part, this
movie just seemed to go for the laughs a younginí could
enjoy, and just leave the parents going "What happened to
ĎThe Pink Pantherí I used to know and love?" This wasnít it.
In the end, because I did laugh a couple of times, I will
give "The Pink Panther" 1 Ĺ stars out of 5, but for the most
part, this remake is made for the kids, with an occasional
joke geared for the adults, but usually falling flat because
itís nothing we havenít heard before. I donít care what the
folks at Columbia Pictures say, I say they dumped this movie
into the February movie season because they knew it wasnít
great but might be able to get some type of box office with
the lack of movies everyone wants to see. This is not the
adult "Pink Panther" series most of us remember, this is one
made for the kids. Oh well.
Thatís it for this one! Iím The Dude on the Right!!