Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Movie Review "The Pink Panther 2"

"The Pink Panther 2," with Steve Martin, John Cleese, Jean Reno, Alfred Molina, and Aishwarya Rai

This one is actually better than the first one, which is a shock. The first one sucked, and thankfully there's actually some funny moments in this. The villain has the completely frightening name of the Tornado (sarcasm intended). The Tornado steals several of the world's greatest treasures (according to the movie anyway, the artifacts really aren't as valuable as you might think), and then the Tornado makes the mistake of stealing the world's greatest diamond, the Pink Panther. The whole movie revolves around Clouseau (Steve Martin's character) being assigned to a multi-governmental detective gang called the "Dream Team" (and that is the honest-to-God name). Lots of the usual gags from a movie like this happen, including a really unrealistic one of Clouseau being launch from a car and flies several hundred feet in the air over the Eiffel Tower (and that does happen). The plot twist near the end (the Tornado is actually a member of the "Dream Team") is pretty stupid. And the cartoon Pink Panther appears as well at the end.

Steve Martin's Clouseau is very different then the originally one from the old Pink Panther movies (my dad made me see all of them, since he's a huge fan of the films). Peter Sellers (the original Clouseau) is just as stupid as Steve Martin's Clouseau, but the difference is that the older one is just a lovable idiot. Steve Martin's character is self-centered, is a sexist and kind of a racist (watch the movie to get what I mean if you want), and humiliates himself constantly without even realizing it. He also looks like they had to airbrush him a lot to make him look younger. But still, the kiddies will like this, and there's even a little bit of adult humor. and Aishwarya Rai is hot as usual.

So in the end, who's my favorite character in the movie who isn't Aishwarya Rai? The Pink Panther diamond.

Score: 6/10

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