Last long weekend was spent chilling out and catching up with some movie watching.
Picked out Pink Panther 2 hoping for some light-hearted laughs. I had read some pretty bad reviews of this movie, but I went ahead with it anyway, as I was really curious to see Aishwarya Rai in at least one Hollywood production.
She had received some terrible reviews for this performance, and although she does ham occasionally, she is not too bad an actress at all (barring her first few Hindi movies). So, having all these thoughts in mind, I ventured to watch the movie.
Here is a brief synopsis
Steve Martin is the bumbling French Inspector Clouseau. He, along with a bunch of international detectives and some sidekicks – Alfred Molina, Andy Garcia, Jean Reno, Emily Mortimer, Yuki Matsuzaki, Lily Tomlin, and Aishwarya Rai attempt to track down Le Tornado who has stolen some great cultural treasures of Europe including the Pink Panther diamond.
With such an awesome cast, it was quite surprising to see how unfunny the movie was. All the actors ham unbearably, and the witty repartee between them is just too painful to watch. The physical comedy is slightly better with Steve Martin pulling cheap laughs by dangling from the Pope’s balcony, burning down a restaurant (twice!) and so on.
But really, just not enough comedy to sustain the movie. The story and the comic moments are extremely predictable.
Now on to Aishwarya Rai’s performace
She is definitely not funny in this movie, but neither is anybody else. She is also badly miscast; she is a good dramatic actress, but really not suited for comedy. In a few mainstream newspaper movie reviews, I read that she had a “blink and you miss” role. So, I was quite surprised to see that she is present throughout the movie, and does have a decent-sized role if you consider the presence of so many heavyweight Hollywood stars in this movie. Makes me wonder, whether our so-called media folks actually see the movie fully before rushing to review it!
What I liked best about the movie were the beautiful shots of Paris in the spring (I think!). Lovely, lovely…had me dreaming of the Pompidou, Notre Dame, shopping and yummy hot chocolates, and cakes!
Sigh…now back to mundane Bangalore traffic jams, pollution, and chores 🙁