The Pink Panther
USA, Czech Republic
Crime, Adventure, Mystery, Comedy
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Shawn Levy
Kevin Kline as Dreyfus
Jean Reno as Ponton
Emily Mortimer as Nicole
Henry Czerny as Yuri
Roger Rees as Larocque
Philip Goodwin as Deputy Chief Renard
Henri Garcin as President
Daniel Sauli as Music Producer
Jean Dell as Justice Minister Clochard
Anna Katarina as Agent Corbeille
Storyline: When the coach of the France soccer team is killed by a poisoned dart in the stadium in the end of a game, and his expensive and huge ring with the diamond Pink Panther disappears, the ambitious Chief Insp. Dreyfus assigns the worst police inspector Jacques Clouseau to the case. His intention is to give a diversion to the press, while he uses his best men to chase the killer and thief. He assigns Gendarme Gilbert Ponton to work with Clouseau and inform each step of the investigation. When Clouseau is nominated with honor to the highest prize in France, Dreyfus decides to humiliate Clouseau and take him out of the case. However Clouseau has already solved the mystery.
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It's no "A Shot in the Dark"
I'll just say that Steve Martin was a pretty good Clouseau, not imitating the late Peter Sellers, but giving his own spin to the role. Things like Clouseau's self-confidence and dignity were back, but Martin, at times, overdid the idiocy of the character, completely losing the previously mentioned dignity. Kline as Dreyfus was all right, considering that this film takes place before Clouseau started driving him nuts, Kline wasn't twitching or threatening to kill him. Another thing that the film didn't have was a lot of subtle humor. The film's humor was all obvious, and some was quite sexual for a PG film.

In the end though, if you are one of the many who were criticizing this film because of the cast before it was released, I wouldn't recommend it. For fans of the "Pink Panther" and comedy fans in general, I recommend it.
true to the original
I admit that I had mixed feelings about seeing this movie on its opening weekend; very few remakes even come close to matching the original, so I rarely spend 1st run prices to see them in theaters.

But Steve Martin captures completely and re-creates to perfection the charm of Inspector Jacques Clouseau, the wonderful character Peter Sellers made famous. He doesn't try to be Peter Sellers; he gives Clouseau his own style, and does an outstanding job.

Kevin Kline is good as Chief Inspector Dreyfus, but I doubt anyone could play that role with as much flair as Herbert Lom.

It's been a long time since I've laughed out loud at a comedy in a movie theater; this movie had me repeatedly laughing. As I was watching it, the one thing that impressed me is that they were true to the original series of movies. I knew I was watching a Pink Panther movie.
Pleasantly surprised
While obviously nothing can hold a candle to Peter Sellers and the original Pink Panther, I was pleasantly surprised with this new installment. I went in being very skeptical, but I laughed through most of the movie, and left satisfied by the experience. Beyonce really should stick to singing, so it was good that her speaking role wasn't very big; honestly a different person for her role would have made the movie better. At the movie theater or renting it later, it is definitely worth a look. Plenty of slap-stick, and Martin's accent is more over the top than Sellers, which made some of the situations very funny. And yes, his pronunciation of "hamburger" features quite prominently in it.
Eye-lar-iuoos...I-mazee-rouz....It's funny
I've been psyched to see this movie for a long time. It seems like it has taken forever to make it to the theater. I was concerned to say the least. Firstly, I am a huge Sellers fan. I have seen every one of his movies that I have been able to get my hands on. I am also a huge Martin fan, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is by far my fav of his, so I had this dread that I would have to choose a favorite Clouseau, much like a child of divorce would be asked to choose the mother or the father. Forget it. Comparasins are unfair and only seek to create bias'. I love both Martin and Sellers in the same role for different reasons. Do not watch this movie and think of Martin as an imitator of Sellers and you will enjoy it all the more. Second. I don't know what the critics are complaining about. The humour of this movie is well thought out with gags constantly being set up and paid off throughout. The critics seem to blast the movie for lack of plot. Who cares that much about plot in comedy? I often get ticked off when "comedies" sacrifice comedy for plot, it's like "Oh God, now they gotta do plot advancement, I'm going to the bathroom." Because do you know what you get if you concentrate too much on plot? You get a drama. That would be the frowning thespian mask. If I'm kept laughing I really don't notice plot. The Marx Brother's Paramount movies come to mind. Duck Soup, Horsefeathers, and the others really didn't have much plot either, but they were hilarious. Honestly, nobody goes to a movie saying "I'm looking to see a movie with a nice sound plot without any holes."? If they do, they probably go alone. No. Most people go saying: "I want to laugh!" "I wan't to cry." "I want to see stuff blow up!" I went to The Pink Panther saying, "I want to laugh." I did. In fact, you know how you feel a little tired from a good comedy because you laughed so much that you got a workout? Well, I'm a little sore. Finally, I end on one small criticising remark. I was disappointed that Clouseau solved the crime with intelligence and observation rather than having it fall into his lap. For me the charm of the character Clouseau in the old movies was the fact that he bumbled and did everything wrong only to end up solving the case. Other than that, I highly recommend The Pink Panther. It's even worth the evening price for a ticket.
What happened Steve Martin?
SPOILERS: Forget that this movie should have never been remade in the first place. If you're going to do it and with a talented cast, do it right and they didn't. There were a couple laughs here and there but overall, it was a huge misfire and on many levels, the main being Martin's Clouseau is retarded, whereas Seller's Clouseau was just a bumbling idiot.

The perfect example is the the "small car in the big spot" parking scene. A great idea, completely ruined by bad writing. Martin's Clouseau rams into the other cars and for some reason, doesn't know it and completely ignores it. We're supposed to believe he didn't know he hit the other cars? Seller's Clouseau would have gotten out of the car and tried to put the bumpers back on the other cars, maybe even as one of their owners walked up and he tries to explain how their car is made of crappy craftsmanship.

There are lots of lame gags, like Martin, for some reason, needing to "inspect" the room before doing anything in case someone might be hiding behind the curtains. Why would anyone be hiding behind the curtains in the Chief Inspector's office? Even the gag this all leads up to is lame. Some of the gags were just embarrassingly terrible. The crossing the wires on the car battery was painfully awful and what makes this all even more sad is that Martin is one of the greatest comic actors ever and a great writer and the fact he allowed this to be the final product (in the script he co-wrote) is even more baffling.

Watching Martin do that pseudo fake French accent sprinkled with "baby talk" (I assume for lack of better "French accent" skills) was almost painful. I just kept thinking his Clouseau was far more like Alan Arkin's than Peter Seller's. I could never buy Martin as Clouseau even though he wasn't trying to do an impression of Sellers, but his own interpretation. All I could see what Steve Martin. And the whole premise of the movie was idiotic on top. Dreyfus hires a bumbling detective to "mess up" the case so he can step in. Why not just step in, in the first place and cut out the middle man? It makes absolutely no sense. And worst of all, the "Pink Panther" diamond is barely even necessary in the film, it was a murder "Mystery," not a "Diamond heist" movie.

The most sad thing I think was something I discovered five minutes into the movie. The guy who should have been playing Clouseau was Kevin Kline, not Martin.
Boring, boring, boring.
This movie is proof that the previous inspector Clouseau movies were entirely carried by the genius of Peter Sellers. Having a different actor play the role of Clouseau could never work, unless the _exact_ way of behavior invented by Peter Sellers would have been copied. I would have thought that that would be impossible, if it weren't for the fact that I saw 'The Life and Death of Peter Sellers (2004)', a documentary about Peter Sellers, where Geoffrey Rush managed to put down his character in a near perfect imitation. Therefore we have to at least partly blame Steve Martin for the fact that each and every scene where he plays the clumsy inspector, no doubt with the intention to be funny, is an embarrassment to watch. If you never saw any previous pink panther movies, you might think this movie is funny; yet, don't waste your time on it. Watch the original with Peter Sellers and feel the pain in your stomach and jaws while tears are flowing down your cheeks from laughing, instead.
Well worth watching
Don't be swayed by some of the negative reviews. This movie is entertaining, and fun to watch. As has been noted in other posts, Martin is not Sellers, and Kline is not Lom. But you already know that. That being said, Steve Martin puts his own spin on the character, and most of the time it worked quite well. If you remember, the original Pink Panther was made in '63, A Shot in the Dark was in '64, and it was 12 years before the next one with Sellers was made. And during that time, Alan Arkin played Clouseau. So, Sellers playing the inspector wasn't an instant classic, and took over a decade to catch on enough to make sequels.

The plot in this outing is no more strained or outrageous than the others, and the slapstick comedy is just as forced at times as in the previous movies. But that is what Panther fans expect. If you were an adult when the first Pink Panther movies came out, you will remember all of the negative attitudes from numerous movie goers about how silly and juvenile they were. But those of us who 'got' the humor loved them. And those of us who 'get' the humor this time around love this movie.

I am just saying, give it a chance. It may not be the same as the originals, but it comes closer than anything else ever has or ever will. Sellers may be dead, but if you miss the spirit of Clouseau, it is alive in this movie. Let the people who want to appear sophicated bash this movie all they want, but I am pretty certain that even though they compare it to the original and point out its shortcomings, they would probably have had the same negative attitude toward the original movies had this forum existed back then.

The movie doesn't take itself seriously, so we shouldn't take it seriously either. Watch it, laugh out loud, enjoy it, and have an enjoyable evening.
This is a good movie. Crybabies, go home.
First off I want to say that this is a very good and funny movie. I keep hearing people cry and complain that Steve Martin isn't funny and doesn't live up to Peter Sellers. Of course he doesn't. He isn't trying to. That's why he is cast as the Inspector and not Peter Sellers. Anyone who says this movie isn't funny obviously doesn't have a sense of humor or has no inner child. This movie is delightfully hilarious. It is funnier (yes I'm saying funnier) than the original "The Pink Panther." NO, it is NOT funnier than "A Shot in the Dark," "Return of the Pink Panther," "The Pink Panther Strikes Again," or "Revenge of the Pink Panther." There is no way that is possible. But the original "Pink Panther" was hardly about the Inspector. Peter Sellers was hardly the main character and hadn't really developed the character of the Inspector yet. Go see this movie. It is funny.
One four letter word sums this piece of tripe up
One four letter word is all that is needed to sum this piece of tripe up, and it sure as hell isn't good, okay or fair. I hated it, it is insult not only to the original but also to Martin who seems to have taken to doing these god-awful remakes that in fact only serve to butcher the memory and heritage of the original film.

Sellars turned a star performance in the Original and while it was extremely silly, it was not childish.

I would suggest a better use of your time would be to drill a hole through your hand. I therefore poo poo this film utterly and without remorse.
This movie rocks!
Not forgetting, that the originals will always remain the high kings of their time, this movie is most certainly the best movie to come out of 2006 (um.... so far? No?). Steve Martin was great in NOT imitating Peter Sellers' original conception, and just going for his own take. I never saw Alan Arkin's perception, but I'm betting that Martin's take was better. If I were you, I'd ignore the critics. Don't let their comments brainwash you. This movie is spectacular! Martin, Kline, and even Beyonce are wonderful. The Pink Panther credits are also well-executed (although the Panther doesn't appear in the end which is kind of the only true letdown of the film). And, yes there's a fart joke, but that shouldn't let you turn the other cheek from seeing this film. There was a fart joke in Revenge of the Pink Panther, I say we say Kumbaya. For those who hated Curse of the Pink Panther, and Son of the Pink Panther (I say, shove it, I liked those), then this remake will be the ultimate pick-me-up. It's a great redemption, and tribute to perhaps the most long-going screen series ever. "That breeze feels good!"
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