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The Pink Panther 2

The Pink Panther 2

Review by Jack Foley

IndieLondon Rating: 1 out of 5

SEQUELS rarely improve on the original, so it should come as no surprise to find that The Pink Panther 2 sucks from start to finish.

Steve Martin reprises his role as the bumbling Inspector Clouseau and proves conclusively that he’s a poor substitute for the late Peter Sellers. A surprisingly strong ensemble cast, including Andy Garcia, Alfred Molina and Emily Mortimer, display little or no comic timing

The plot this time revolves around a master-thief, known as The Tornado, who comes out of retirement to steal some of the world’s most priceless artefacts, including the Pink Panther Diamond. Clouseau is assigned to a European dream team of detectives, including Garcia and Molina, to attempt to catch the culprit.

Harald Zwart’s movie certainly shows signs of comic potential in the various situations and scrapes that Clouseau finds himself in, but consistently manages to squander all possibilities.

Martin just isn’t funny enough to carry off the requirements of the role, while his various co-stars simply look uncomfortable trying to generate laughs from a screenplay that doesn’t really contain any.

Quite why, or how, the sequel got made is a mystery worthy of Clouseau himself, because the whole thing seems to have been assembled with the same kind of bumbling ineptitude that follows him around.

Hopefully, we won’t be inflicted with a third instalment.

Certificate: PG
Running time: 92mins
UK DVD & Blu-ray Release: June 29, 2009