Sunday, June 7, 2009

The Pink Panther 2 (2009)

Inspector Jacques Clouseau (Steve Martin), in the eyes of his boss Chief Inspector Dreyfus (John Cleese) is nothing but an idiot. Dreyfus has been waiting for an opportunity to show the world that he has more right to be decorated than Closeau. However, in the eyes of Ponton, Closeau's subordinate, Closeau is the best detective ever and the proud of France.

In this movie, there is a mysterious thief who calls himself The Tornado, who has stolen priceless artifacts: Magna Carta in England, The Shroud of Turin in Italy, and The Imperial Sword in Japan. A dream team is build to catch The Tornado. Closeau is chosen to represent France, but soon the Pink Panther diamond, the proud of France, is stolen. Closeau must find the legendary diamond to repair his reputation like in the previous movie, while in the same time trying to win the heart of Nicole, the woman he adores.

There are lots of good actors in this, like in the Dream Team itself, apart from Closeau, we have Alfred Molina who plays the English detective, Andy Garcia from Italy, and Yuki Matsuzaki from Japan. To help them, there is an author of the book about The Tornado, someone who knows a lot about the thief, played by the beautiful Aishwarya Rai. And there are of course Jean Reno as Ponton and Emily Mortimer as Nicole. Lily Tomlin teaches Closeau how to behave, and as a surprise, Jeremy Irons plays a little role as The Tornado's fence. So little his role that for a moment I suspected he was The Tornado himself.

The movie is quite enjoyable. It reminds me of Fantômas, but Closeau is not as unlucky as Commisaire Juve, and Closeau has more brain. At least after a series of embarrassing events, he does solve the case.

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