Son of the Pink Panther
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Enter future Oscar winner Roberto Benigni, who would actually receive the exact opposite of an Oscar for this role. He's clean-shaven, part Italian Jacques Gumbrelli Clouseau Jr., not mustached Jacques Clouseau, making this a new character and leaving Benigni to the type of humor that works for him.
Unfortunately, the humor doesn't work for the entire movie. The movie moves almost completely away from the overdone routines of the rest of the series, but there are only a few laugh out loud scenes, with some small chuckles in between. The biggest problem with the film, though, would have to be the plot. Pink Panther plots have been mangled messes before, but never to this extent. There's so much political intrigue and scandal involved that it's hard to figure out what anyone's motivation in, even during the climax.
Herbert Lom is back for his final performance as Chief Inspector Dreyfus, now more sane and subdued. Burt Kwouk is also back reprising his reoccurring role as Kato, the late Clouseau's humble servant. Disguise master Professor Balls, played in the most recent films by Harvey Korman, is now played by Graham Stark, a friend of Sellers who appeared in different roles in many of the films. These performances almost make the movie feel like a valid part of the series.
Henry Mancini's score, as in all of the films, is the highlight, and Bobby McFerrin's performance of the theme music is perfect.Read more ›
Any way, I must say that Edwards has made one of the better sequels in the lovable to all of as (the P.P. fans) Pink Panther Series (1963-1993).
In memory of Peter Sellers, the one and only Inspector Jacques Clouseau (1925-1980).
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Roberto Benigni is perfect in this role. Very entreating movie for any Pink Panther fan. Herbert Lom is awesome as usual.Published 23 days ago by F. Hetherington
This film was done fine years before Roberto Begnini won an Academy Award for his performance in "Life is Beautiful. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Sylviastel
This movie fails to deliver and thus I rate it *2* stars!!!Published 10 months ago by A Roger Zelazny Fan
This is a pale imitation of the original Pink Panther series. Some of the original cast are in this one but their hearts do not seem to be in it. Read morePublished 10 months ago by SSG Cedar
Roberto Benigni does a marvelous job paying tribute to Clouseau and furthering his legacy.Published 11 months ago by Zachary St.John Kopp
I liked SON OF THE PINK PANTHER immensely. To me it reverts to a style of comedy found in the original PINK PANTHER and A SHOT IN THE DARK. Read morePublished 14 months ago by gobirds2