92 Min | Adventure – Comedy – Crime | February 2009
IMDB Rating: 5.5
Director: Harald Zwart
Starring: Steve Martin, Jean Reno, Emily Mortimer
The Pink Panther 2 Review: Having watched almost all the previous and Pink Panther movies which starred the late Peter Sellers as the bungling, world famous and the legendary French detective, Inspector Jacques Clouseau and Herbert Lom as Chief Inspector Dreyfus. A bungling traffic cop is called upon to join a team who are investigating treasures that are being stolen. But he fears that someone will steal the famous diamond as soon as he leaves France. Starring Steve Martin, John Gleese (former “Monty Python” actor and famously remembered for his character as “Basil Fawlty” in “Fawlty Towers” TV series), Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Emily Mortimer, Geoffrey Palmer, Andy Garcia, Jean Reno, Jeremy Irons and Jack Metzger, this is directed by Herald Zwart and is written by Scott Neustadter, Michael H. Webber and Steve Martin.
This Pink Panther cannot be compared to the ones that starred the late Peter Sellers and Herbert Lom. The jokes – the gags are there and are good but something or the other makes it predictable, which the previous “Pink Panthers” didn’t and this is perhaps the biggest let down to a “watchable” level in terms of rating. Steve Martin is quite convincing and does make one laugh and this is perhaps the saving point of this movie. But unfortunately, the same cannot be said for John Gleese – bit of a let down there and the character of “Cato,” the karate servant, which was played by Burt Kwouk in the previous ones, is missed even though reference to the martial art are there.
Nevertheless, this is a movie that is worth watching once but if, like me you have enjoyed the previous Pink Panthers, then one should not expect much from this and should not compare it with them. And finally, what can be said about the former Miss World, Aishwarya Rai (Aishwarya Rai Bachchan) except that she looks good and has performed well. But the reality is that the overall script does not match the four great “Pink Panther” works. In the original series of movies, things started going downhill in “Revenge of the Pink Panther” (and continued much further in the follow-ups without Sellers). Sellers could not salvage “Revenge,” in which there was too much klutzy humor including overuse of Cato. But Cato fighting is better than fighting with a colleague’s young karate kids, as Martin does here. Overall, the silly overrides the witty or sophisticated in “Pink Panther 2.”