CORPORATE LINE: A world-famous soccer coach has been murdered and his priceless ring has been stolen – a ring set with the stunning diamond known as the Pink Panther. The French government needs a master detective to solve the crime and recover the gem…but he’s not available, so they recruit Inspector Jacques Clouseau. Comic superstar Steve Martin stars as Clouseau in an all-new adventure of The Pink Panther.
A stunning pop star (Beyoncé), a soccer player, a Chinese assassin – who committed the crime? And can anyone solve the case? Clouseau and his partner, Ponton (Reno), must unmask the murderer and keep their boss, Dreyfus (Kline), from taking credit for the victory, all without bringing the French legal system to a screeching halt. Get ready to be tickled pink.
THE REVIEW: Steve Martin might be one of the few actors in Hollywood that could play the part of Clouseau without embarrassing himself. Martin’s strengths are his ability to do physical comedy and sell even a bad script. Even with a great cast of characters and fantastic actors, such as Kevin Kline, the script isn’t funny.
FRANKLY: There is a limit to the pratfalls that will make someone laugh. The script is lacking any laughs or wit. The updated references really don’t work and are an obvious attempt to try and make the film feel fresh. When will Hollywood realizes it’s better to let classics lay dormant and coming up with some fresh material.
+ Charlie Craine