Is it normal that the theme song is still stuck in my head? I can give you a pretty good idea of this review in a few questions- Did you like the first Pink Panther starring Steve Martin? If you answered yes, you might not like this movie. Are you looking for a decent comedy worth a few laughs on a Saturday afternoon? If you answered yes, read my Paul Blart review. Just kidding. The new Pink Panther installment takes place a few months (?) after the events of the first Pink Panther. Inspector Jacque Closeau is France’s clumsiest, hilarious traffic inspector, when a mysterious, infamous thief named “The Tornado” comes back onto the scene and steals some of the world’s biggest treasures, including the sweet jessie that is the pink panther diamond. So it’s up to Jacque, teamed up with Q and Doctor Octopus (the ultimate crime team) to save the day. It’s kind of best if you don’t compare this to the first one, b/c the first one’s a lot better. It kinda felt like they took a lot of the jokes from the first movie, and either re-used them, or used the jokes they didn’t wanna use in the first movie. It just isn’t near as funny or even the clever kinda funny that the first one was. Maybe my sense of humor’s changed (doesn’t really explain why I loved Paul Blart), but to me most of the movie just wasn’t as funny. It has it’s decent laughs, but some just fall flat. The slapstick antics had me rolling in my seat at times (I mean who doesn’t love Steve Martin falling down a chimney?), other times I just left the theater to go get Buncha-Crunch. The new cast members Alfred Molina and John Cleese both carry their weight well, although they’re not allowed to carry their chops as much as Steve Martin with his faux french accent that’s still pretty funny, even if you can’t understand him. The mystery of the movie is no Psych episode or CSI worthy entry, but it keeps you guessing some, and throws it all together in the end, which is good or bad depending on how you look at it. I really just felt like this movie could have been better had they just put some more effort into the comedy aspect and made it, well, funnier, and more original. The Pink Panther succeeds at being a goofy fun-fest for kids all the time, and occasionally funny for the older, however there are some better comedies playing at your local theater worth your $7.
3 out of 5