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Sunday, January 29, 2006

The Pink Panther

The Pink Panther
Starring: Henry Czerny, Kevin Kline, Jean Reno, Steve Martin, Emily Mortimer, Beyoncé Knowles

Directed by: Shawn Levy

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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.

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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.

On the list of movies that did not need to be remade, The Pink Panther is close to the top, somewhere below Willy Wonka and maybe a step or two above Sam Raimi’s confusing proposal to remake his own movie, but have no real involvement in it . Of course since most remakes are generally a bad idea, the greatness of the original movie means nothing if someone thinks there’s money to be made. At least with Willy Wonka Burton can throw around the excuse that it’s a new adaptation of the book, not a remake of the original movie. The Pink Panther can make no such claim.

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But, if you’re dead set on making The Pink Panther, at least get talented people involved. Were this 1995, they’d have done that, since in addition to playing Inspector Clouseau Steve Martin also helped write the film’s new screenplay. However it is in fact not 1995, it is 2006, a good ten years since Steve Martin has been funny or relevant. That realization is frankly a bit depressing.


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