Director: Harald Zwart
Cast: Steve Martin, Emma Bunton, John Cleese, Jean Reno, Andy Garcia, Alfred
Molina, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Lily Tomlin, Emily Mortimer
RunTime: 1 hr 32 mins
Released By: Columbia TriStar
Official Website: http://www.sonypictures.com/movies/thepinkpanther2/
Opening Day: 19 February 2009
Steve Martin reprises the role of intrepid-if-bumbling French
police detective, Inspector Jacques Clouseau. When legendary
treasures from around the world are stolen, including the
priceless Pink Panther Diamond, Chief Inspector Dreyfus (John
Cleese) is forced to assign Clouseau to a team of international
detectives and experts charged with catching the thief and
retrieving the stolen artifacts.
Jean Reno’s got a critically acclaimed 1994 movie named
Leon: The Professional listed under his filmography. Emily
Mortimer starred in Woody Allen’s well received Match
Point (2005). Andy Garcia turned in memorable performances
in Ocean’s Eleven, Twelve and Thirteen. Alfred Molina
has got Spider-Man 2’s (2004) Doc Ock and Frida’s
(2002) Diego Rivera to boast about when he talks to the press.
John Cleese is an impressive writer, and he’s equally
impressive as Q in the James Bond series. Jeremy Irons is
as Oscar winner for his role in Reversal of Fortune (1990).
Aishwarya Rai is a prominent actress in Bollywood and is the
daughter in law of the great Amitabh Bachchan.
Martin? Well, he’s the Father of the Bride, and err,
Insp. Jacques Clouseau in The Pink Panther. And he’s
back in this unnecessary sequel to the 2006 movie. Together
with the abovementioned talented cast members who are gravely
legendary French inspector who saved the priceless Pink Panther
diamond three years ago has another important mission in this
movie: To save the priceless Pink Panther diamond –
again. Together with an international “dream team”,
they will not only save the diamond, they will need to capture
the culprit who has been stealing treasures around the world.
don’t know about the self proclaimed fans of this series,
but just how much more of Martin’s fumbling and bumbling
can we take? And just how much more of the protagonist’s
ineptness can we take? And we haven’t even started on
the movie’s juvenile scripting and wordplay which attempts
to milk laughs (not so intelligent ones) from those who need
a break from their hectic schedules. Sample the below dialogue
exchange between Molina’s Pepperidge (one of the dream
team members) and an Italian reporter to get an idea of gasp,
what the humour of whole movie feels like:
Reporter: Mr. Pepperidge, was the Dream Team asleep when the
Pepperidge: No comment.
Italian Reporter: Do you think they will recover the ring?
Pepperidge: If I give a comment, when I said 'no comment.'
I would look like a complete ass, wouldn't I?
what were the filmmakers thinking when they made this sequel?
Even if Netherlands born director Harald Zwart had made pleasant
comedies like Agent Cody Banks (2003) and One Night At McCool’s
(2001), he couldn’t save this mess handed over to him
by Shawn Levy (Night At The Museum, Cheaper by the Dozen).
True, there are some amusing moments where you’d chuckle
at the picture’s attempt to make clumsiness look funny.
And the simple yet effective opening and end credits (yes,
these are the moments where you get to see the animated Pink
Panther slinking around cutely, and that familiar tune too!)
is pleasant to the eyes. But these aren’t enough to
salvage the muddling clutter.
there are a few amusing moments, these 92 minutes will make
cinephiles a little sad, simply because they know that the
cast members of this forgettable picture are capable of so
(We chuckled. A little.)
Review by John Li