Movie Review: The Pink Panther 2 (2009)

Synopsis: When master thief calling himself The Tornado steals priceless artifacts from around the world (including the Pink Panther Diamond), Inspector Clouseau is promoted from his duties as parking officer and assigned to a team of super detectives. However, his constant bumbling puts him jeopardy of being kicked off the team and embarrassing France and, at the same time, he is on the verge of losing the love of his life, Nicole.

Who's in it? The movie stars Steve Martin, Jean Reno, Emily Mortimer, Andy Garcia and John Cleese.

Review: The cats got me out of bed really early yesterday morning and, while trying to wake up, I ended up watching this film after coming across it on one of our movie channels. It had been a while since I had seen the movie and I didn't remember much about it as a result. However, it turned out to be an entertaining way to wait for the rest of the family to get out of bed.

While not as good as the first movie and maybe not as good as the original Peter Sellers films, this movie still proved to be fun to watch. The one thing, in particular, I loved about this movie was the way Clouseau (Martin) seemed to be in over his head throughout. This made the ending a lot less predictable because it was hard to figure out how he would end up solving the case when the remainder of the "Dream Team" didn't even want him around.

I think the funniest part of this movie had to be the scene at the Vatican. You just knew Clouseau would find a way to completely embarrass himself in front of the Pope (especially since he didn't seem to know who the Pope was) and even I was a bit surprised by how much he ultimately ended up doing.

Oh, and the scene(s) involving that poor restaurant were just classic. Maybe it was because I was still half asleep when I was watching this, but I thought the part with the wine bottles was hilarious while his later efforts to impersonate a dancer grew on me after a minute or two.

My only real complaint about this movie is the mystery wasn't overly difficult to solve. The film makes an effort to mislead you. But, if you take a moment to think about it, it's not overly difficult to figure out who the real bad guy is. However, to be fair, it still required Clouseau to prove it and that resulted in an adventure in itself.

Final Opinion: The first one (and the originals) were better. But, this movie did have quite a few funny moments as well and I did enjoy watching it as a result of that. If you haven't seen it, it's worth taking the time to watch at least once.

My Grade: B


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