Reasons to Like “The Pink Panther 2”


posterpink-panther-2There are reasons to like The Pink Panther 2:

  1. John Cleese plays Chief Inspector Dreyfus.
  2. Steve Martin does onscreen physical comedy better than anyone else around.
  3. The film pokes fun at political correctness, in the form of uptight, and ultimately hypocritical, Lily Tomlin as Mrs. Berenger.
  4. The Andy Garcia character, Vicenzo, actually says, in dumbfounded awe, that Jacques Clouseau really is the greatest detective in the world. This is a positive step away from typecasting for Garcia.
  5. You can’t help laughing at a goodly number of the gags.

On the downside:

  1. This is slapstick comedy, hardly fashionable among today’s movieviewers, known for their refined taste.
  2. John Cleese doesn’t do paranoia as well you as would expect.
  3. Steve Martin is a greater talent than these films can demonstrate.
  4. Casting Yuki Matsuzaki as Kenji, Aishwarya Rai as Sonia, and Alfred Molina as Pepperidge is half of what’s wrong with this movie. John Cleese would have been a better Pepperidge (a virtual reprisal of his role as “Peasant 3” in Monty Python and the Holy Grail). Lily Tomlin would do as a Dreyfus stand-in. I mean that. Let Aishwarya play Mrs. Berenger (if there has to be a Mrs. Berenger). Maybe someone who looks more like Angelina Jolie than Aiswarya should be cast for the Sonia part (pretty crucial to the film, in more ways than one). Who then? How about Angelina Jolie? Jackie Chan, however old he is, makes better sense as Kenji.
  5. You can’t even make yourself laugh at a goodly number of the gags.

What did you think of The Pink Panther 2?

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