Excitement exploded through my body. My skin tingled. My mouth dried. I couldn't control myself... It was orgasmic. Yes, the unbelievable had occurred: The Pink Panther 2 had arrived at my house.
The biggest comedy in years, a sequel more anticipated than Indiana Jones 4, an Oscar-potential classic in the making, The Pink Panther 2 comes to DVD on June 23 - and will no doubt be the biggest DVD release of the year, though I imagine that most people will buy Blu-Ray players just to watch this film.
Or... did anyone even want a sequel to the Steve Martin remake, which paled in comparison to the Peter Sellers original in every conceivable way? The Pink Panther 2 is almost synonymous with the first remake; Steve Martin gives it his all, but he is hampered by a so-so script, over-the-top gags and a great cast that is all but wasted. From my review of the original, the quotations "Martin is not particularly bad in any way or form; he's just not as good as his equally famous counterpart" and "Casting is also a bit weak, even though the actors involved are all quiet talented" still ring true. Jean Reno, Emily Mortimer, Andy Garcia, Alfred Molina, John Cleese, Lily Tomlin and Jeremy Irons are all talented actors, but only Lily Tomlin is used to her full potential.
The movie has its funny moments, but it has its flat moments, too. Overall, it's inconsistent and insanely goofy, to the point where it just isn't that good. But to be honest, I went in with such low expectations that The Pink Panther 2 actually exceeded them, though that isn't saying much. It's tolerable, but that's about all that can be said. You'll laugh, you won't cry, and you won't remember anything from the movie once it's over.
If you liked the first Pink Panther, you'll probably enjoy this unnecessary sequel. For the rest of us, it's one that can be skipped.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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