Directed by: Shawn Levy
Starring: Steve Martin, Beyonce Knowles,
Kevin Kline, Jean Reno, Emily Mortimer, Jason Statham,
Released by: Sony Pictures
Short: Steve Martin's slapstick and funny
accent can't quite make this rehash of the classic
"Pink Panther" movies stand up to
the inevitable comparisons.
Pale Pink Imitation
Mess With a Classic
"The Pink Panther"/Inspector Clouseau well that
Peter Sellers made famous in six movies from 1963 to 1978
may have sounded like a great idea, especially with Steve
Martin in the main role. Unfortunately, the latest film
is more akin to the dismal "Curse of the Pink Panther"
made in 1983 with Roger Moore playing Clouseau than to
the Sellers classics.
who scripted as well as starred in the latest "Panther"
comedy, returns to his slapstick roots (think "The
Jerk") as the English-mangling French detective who
inadvertently solves the murder of a famous soccer coach
(Jason Statham). Fans of the "Panther" movies
will not be disappointed to find that the Pink Panther
diamond is an integral part of the plot, hearkening back
to the original 1963 comedy of the same name. The problem
with director Shawn Levy’s version is that Clouseau's
bumbling pratfalls wear thin quickly, despite the film's
short (93 minutes) running time. The uninspired plot drags
at every moment when Clouseau is not falling down staircases
or breaking something expensive, despite the best efforts
of a talented cast.
Owen as Agent 006 in a funny James Bond parody is one
of the film’s highlights, as is Emily Mortimer's
delightful portrayal of Nicole, Clouseau's bespectacled,
Audrey-Hepburn-as-a-klutz assistant. Gorgeous Beyoncé
Knowles lights up the screen in her few scenes as an international
singing superstar—not exactly a stretch for the
Destiny's Child lead singer—but her role is nothing
but window dressing, and an obvious attempt to draw in
a younger audience.
“The Pink Panther” isn’t a terrible
movie, it is probably best seen at home on DVD so viewers
can fast-forward through the boring bits and enjoy the