The Pink Panther i.e. the first one starring Steve Martin was a hilarious movie which I enjoyed watching. Here is a scene from the movie where Steve Martin as the French Inspector Clouseau is trying to learn an American accent but fails miserably.
I hear the 1970s Pink Panther series starring Peter Sellers was better but I haven’t seen the series yet. Anyway continuing the prologue to the review, I was eager to catch the sequel – The Pink Panther 2 even if it starred Aishwarya Rai Bachchan.
Now the review:-
# The story :- When a world famous thief The Tornado makes a comeback by stealing many of the world’s priceless treasures like the Magna Carta, the Shroud of Turin, and, of course, the Pink Panther Diamond; Inspector Clouseau (Steve Martin) is recruited for his “excellent” skills in the international team of expert detectives which includes a British (Alfred Molina), an Italian (Andy Garcia) and our very own Aish as Sonia. Thus begins the search for the stolen artifacts and the thief.
# The cast :- The movie’s star cast has some big names. Aishwarya may have won the PadmaShree and the Ms.World title and even some movie awards but she just seems a plastic doll to me with no acting skills. Jean Reno has been retained from the first part and John Cleese has replaced Kevin Kline as Chief Inspector Dreyfus. Their performance was unexpectedly poor. It was kind of sad to see Andy Garcia, Jeremy Irons and Molina in such roles. Lily Tomlin’s cameo was unnecessary and not at all funny.
# The movie :- Every other actor just seems to be a part of a sequence of bumbling acts and slapstick comedy centered around Martin. There is no flow in the story. It seems more like a tedious string of events that try to pass mispronunciations and some silly blundering actions as humor. Martin hogs all the scenes and except one or two of them, rest are not that humorous. The story writer has also tried to give a romantic angle to the sequel but that doesn’t work either. The suspense is lacking and one could easily guess the thief. Overall a very bad sequel and a bad Hollywood movie choice for Aishwarya.
I guess instead of writing all this, I should have just written two words:-
The winner of the riddle tag in my last post is Perx. Now he has to put up a pic withing two weeks and continue the “riddle me this tag”. You can still go over to my post and read the riddle poem I made up :D