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Friday March 4th, 2005
An Early "Pink Panther" Review
Posted: Friday March 4th, 2005 5:55pm
Source: Dark Horizons
Author: Garth Franklin
A test screening for the remake took place the other week in Los Angeles and a reader has just chimed in with his take:
"The Pink Panther" - A Review by 'Stay Cool'
I was at the Pink Panther test screening in Century City on Monday and thought I'd send you this review. I don't know when this movie is coming out. Before I got this I didn't know there even was a new Pink Panther. I remember seeing the original at some point when I was a kid, but not enough to compare them:
THE PLOT: After a televised murder (of Jason Statham from Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels) where the Pink Panther diamond is stolen Inspector Clouseau (Steve Martin) is called in to investigate. But not really. His boss, Chief Inspector Dreyfus (Kevin Kline in smarmy mode) has picked Clouseau because he is the worse cop in France and sure to mess up the high profile case, so that he, Dreyfus, can swoop in, solve the case and win France's highest award The Medal of Honor... The truth is, he hates Clouseau, thinks he's an idiot and holds his nose whenever he has to talk to him.
Dreyfus assigns Jean Reno to be Clouseau's partner (and straight man), and the 2 take off in pursuit of the killer jewel thief. Now I'm a big Jean Reno fan from Leon. He's great in this movie. Those two together- awesome. Then we meet Beyonce as a witness to the murder and the victim's girlfriend. She's supposed to be the femme fatal of the movie who everyone thinks did it except Inspector Clouseau. "Leave her alone! Can't you see she's sexy?!?!" I'll give Beyonce that but not much else. Hot, yes. Great actress, not so much. There was another uber hottie in this movie and that's Clouseau's secretary Nicole.
THE GOOD : So, is it funny? Effin hell yes. Steve Martin plays Clouseau as an asshat impressed with his own genius. The best parts of the movie are the small scenes where you get to watch Cluoseau struggle with English or etiquette. He also trashes anything he comes in contact with. It's just chaos all the time and, we (two of my buddies were with me) all agreed these parts were awesome.
Steve Martin is a great comedian. Jean Reno is just a badass without even opening his mouth, but he has to give Clouseau the smackdown every once in a while which was genius. Kudos to the director for putting them together. Kevin Kline is funny too, as the polar opposite of Clouseau who hates him. Emily Mortimer, who plays Clouseau's hottie secretary was really good at physical comedy. The scenes with her getting too close to Clouseau were awesome. (They said they were still tweaking the movie, so I hope the stick more of her in it.)
THE BAD: Beyonce is a great singer. In this movie, I just kept thinking- WHY? She's not funny. She's barely in it. She was good as Foxxy Cleopatra and hot to look at with an unbelievable body, but just not funny enough to be in this movie. And then there was the score, which did that thing where it tells you something funny is going to happen just before it happens which makes it less funny.
BOTTOM LINE: It was good enough for me to put the original Pink Panther on my Netflix list. I haven't laughed that hard in along time.