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Movie Review: The Pink Panther 2 - Pink Diamonds And Jade

March 04, 2009
IdeaSmith

After a spate of Pudinhara-inducing movies like Valkyrie (heavy: good but seriously serious) and Dilli 6 (does this city produce anything palatable??), I decided I really needed something different. So underlining my pukka suburbanite status with Vodafone Tuesdays, I found myself in a multiplex late last night, watching Pink Panther 2.

The movie was just what the doctor had ordered for my ailing mid-week spirits.

What really works for the film is that it is just implausible enough to be funny, never erring into the area of ridiculous. Also, if you missed the first Pink Panther, no worries - even with a repeat cast and plotline, the movie is complete in itself. All you need to know is that the Pink Panther is not a person or even an animal (don't scoff, I was asked that at this show and I asked the same question at my first movie!).

Steve Martin as Inspector Clouseau, gives a perfect encore with the flourishy, fumbling, funny Frenchman act. His comedy is resplete with slam-dunk-downstairs slapstick and liberally laced with lingua franca humour. He's undoubtedly the star of the show.

The movie does have a few other goodies to offer other than this talented white-haired funny guy, though. A few of the jokes from the earlier movie show up again in snide references to hamburgers and karate. I particularly loved the irritating Ms.Manners with her unrelenting demands of politically correct speech. My favorite exchange in the movie was:

She's ze kind ov' woman you have ze babies with.
Ze babies??
Yez. Lots of ze babies. All day long ze babies.
Alfredo Molina, the evil Doc Ock of Spiderman 2 makes an appearance as a Brit detective and he's flanked by Andy Garcia repeating his romantic villian act of oily-guy-who-almost-bags-girl-but-she-finally-picks-the-hero act (Ocean's Eleven). He is a perfect counterfoil to Steve Martin as Clouseau's Italian rival at work and in love. The odd thing is that the first time I saw each of these actors in their respective aforementioned roles, I thought,
He looks like an Indian!

Pink Panther 2Which brings us to the Indian who is not that woman they all want to have 'ze babies' with. Please, please stop calling her India's ambassador to Hollywood! If you must, give that title to A.R.Rehman; at the least the man has talent! But Ms.Rai? She's got a real talent for not being noticeable at all!

Yes, yes I got that she turned out to be the real crook. Could anyone miss that with the last scene having her draped in hot pink? But really, tell me just how does a hot (?) woman in fabulous clothes, surrounded by not-so-hot-guys and one decidedly drab madam in Paris manage to not stand out at all? I mean, at least as eye candy? So much for her dusky features making her look exotic, La Rai just looks tired, over made-up and haggard. All the chances for some high drama are wasted in her affected, posturing. Jade isn't just the colour of her eyes, it describes the person.

Really, don't go watch Pink Panther 2 because it has an Indian in it. Go watch it for Steve Martin and his madcap capers.


I call myself a chronic thinker. A few centuries ago, I'd have been called a Thinker. Or burnt at stake for being a witch. My degree is my passport to the world of respectability. I moonlight as a troubled poet, a warrior princess and a closet sorceress. I am all of these and yet none of them is all of me. All I was born to be really, was a story-teller. Scheherazade, Galelio, Cleopatra and Salvador have passed through. This time round, just call me IdeaSmith.
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#1
Aditi N
March 4, 2009
02:55 PM

Nicely written IS! I LOVE Steve Martin :) Watched the first one for him and will watch the 2nd one for him as well :)

"Which brings us to the Indian who is not that woman they all want to have 'ze babies' with"

Haha! :)

"If you must, give that title to A.R.Rehman; at the least the man has talent!"

I second that.

#2
Genesis
March 6, 2009
11:44 PM

[Edited: Irrelevant]

#3
Genesis
March 7, 2009
02:39 AM

[Edited: Irrelevant, Personal comments]

#4
Genesis
March 7, 2009
10:47 PM

IS, I would like to tell you that I noticed Ash in PP2 and many others too did. Go to the links below :
1)http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/moviereview/4196949.cms

2)
http://ibnlive.in.com/news/masands-movie-review-the-pink-panther-2-filled-with-juvenile-gags/86456-8-18.html


Now she may not have a very meaty role in it or have given a spell binding performance (but then who other than Steve Martin has a huge role in PP), I see that you have resorted to very petty and cheap criticism here.

If you say that you did not notice her it must be because you have decided not to acknowledge even after noticing her ! Had you really not noticed her how would you desciribe her so elaborately how she was draped in hot pink.

I though she really stood out in the climax and I am entitled to my opinion. Yeah, that was her moment in the film.

And I really think this nonsensical Ash bashing is very cheap.
But seems like it is working very well for Ash though.
Ever since she joined the film industry she has had her share of detractors (some resorting to petty criticsm like you) but she's progressed in her career so steadily.

#5
Genesis
March 7, 2009
10:59 PM

Links which will help open your eyes and nose and smell the coffee -

1> How Ash's presence helped PP2's box office chances in India :
http://www.indiantelevision.com/aac/y2k9/aac120.php

2>Appreciation for her negative act in PP2 :
http://www.hindustantimes.com/StoryPage/StoryPage.aspx?sectionName=HomePage&id=b4a63455-52f0-4178-8ece-99432935aeae&ParentID=87e4b380-cf3c-4947-8b3e-794c07f736fa&Headline=Women+of+the+year

3>How she's being noticed, even by Forbes :
http://www.bollywoodmantra.com/news/ash-defeats-the-khans/3940/

I must say "IS has got a real talent for not noticing people at all"

#6
SD
March 8, 2009
12:19 AM

Genesis with all due respect I think you are an admirer of this actress and have trouble accepting that others may not like her as much. You need to deal with and accept the fact that if you admire certain people or their acting in a particular film, there will always be those who either don't share your admiration for them or are critical of them. I am neither a critic nor a fan of AR but the above review does not strike me as cheap Aishwarya Rai bashing at all. You must read another review of this same film up on DC by an author called Bubbly which is more of a criticism aimed at Aishwarya Rai.

Ideasmith: the review is well-written unlike another review of this film I read on DC (which by the way was definitely more Aishwarya Rai bashing) and I liked PP-1 so I am really looking forward to watching PP-2.

#7
Genesis
March 8, 2009
12:49 AM

SD, with due respect to you too, I won't be able to digest even with 10 digestive tablets if someone says that Ash wasn't noticeable at all in PP2 and that she does not stand out at all.
And that's entirely my opinion.
And yes you are true I'm an admirer of smart and sexy women who work to better themselves and mind their own business than being jealous or envious of other women. I can be if some people can be "dislikers".

Also, I'm not blind in my admiration. But I can differentiate between a true critique of movie and review which is influenced by a strong,inherent dislike for a particular actor.

And some people have troubling accepting that their reviews or comments on a person are being influenced by a pesonal dislike for them.

And yes I'm aware of Bubbly's review and I think he/she has already got his/her fair share of brickbats. So I thought I don't need to respond to that.

I wouldn't have responded to even this review had I not seen a comment from a sadist who was deriving utmost pleasure by reading such comments on her and having a hearty laugh.

If people have a right to criticize someone (as you mentioned) even I have the right to oppose such views, don't I?

#8
SD
March 8, 2009
01:28 AM

Genesis: If people don't like Aishwarya Rai, it makes them a sadist? If they criticize her or make references to her in their articles how does that make them sadistic? I am sure there are actors and actresses you don't like either and may even express that opinion. Does that make you a sadist too? In my opinion you are way overreacting and need to calm down a bit. Refering to someone as a sadist because they critique an actress is a bit much. And I don't think you are blind in your admiration at all...after all AR is known for her good looks. It could not be blind admiration.

If someone does not like AR do you plan to hound them on various threads in order to change their mind or bully them into not critiquing her? There are plenty people who don't like her and say so in many words. Will you hound every one of them around comment threads too...or is it just Aditi you are targeting? You have 2 comments which I read earlier which have been edited for personal attacks. Can't you disagree without making personal comments?

#9
Genesis
March 8, 2009
03:35 AM

Genesis, Here are your answers :

1)Disliking AR per se isn't sadism. But targeting her everywhere possible and creating a situation where it's not directly possible also is sadism.

2)You are assured that even I dislike some actors. But I don't resort to petty and unfair ranting. And I certainly don't derive pleasure by seeing someone else bitching about them.

3)Instead of asking me to calm down why don't you ask these people to calm down in the their continuous and meaningless rant against Rai.

4)Forget me hounding anyone, why are these people hounding AR?

5)I don't mind if my 2 comments were personal attacks or not. I just said what I felt.

6)How does it become personal comment? Whatever I said is in refernce to the review and the response to it. Nothing is out of context.

7)You too said I'm an admirer of Ash and I have "trouble" accepting someone critcizing her. Isn't that personal?

8)Yes I like Ash's good looks. But that's not all. Even celina Jaitley,Mallika Sherawat,Katrina kaif,Deepika Padukone are good looking but I'm not particularly fond of them.

#10
Genesis
March 8, 2009
03:38 AM

Sorry, I meant SD here are your answers:

#11
SD
March 8, 2009
03:47 AM

"1)Disliking AR per se isn't sadism. But targeting her everywhere possible and creating a situation where it's not directly possible also is sadism"

No its still not sadism. How is it sadistic? Who is it hurting so much? You? Then thats your problem. Its not sadism, you are oversensitive.

"2)You are assured that even I dislike some actors. But I don't resort to petty and unfair ranting. And I certainly don't derive pleasure by seeing someone else bitching about them"

What you consider as "bitching" others may not. What you consider "dislike" others might consider "bitching" and decide to call you sadistic. I think you are sadistic for hounding authors on the website and following them onto other people's threads. See, perspective matters.

"Forget me hounding anyone, why are these people hounding AR?"

She is a public figure and open to as much criticism as adoration. Isn't that obvious? The bigger question is why would you go around targeting an author and defend Aishwarya Rai? You personally know neither the author nor Aishwarya! It is baffling.

"You too said I'm an admirer of Ash and I have "trouble" accepting someone critcizing her. Isn't that personal?"

Sure, but it is not the same as name calling. Just to give you an example: I didn't call you a "psycho crazy fan of AR's who stalks people on the internet and bullies them into changing their opinions about her"...although that is what I was really thinking. See now that is a personal attack. But I tried my best to hold back on getting personal and instead tried conveying to you how your comments make you seem.

"Even celina Jaitley,Mallika Sherawat,Katrina kaif,Deepika Padukone are good looking but I'm not particularly fond of them"

You sadist you!






#12
Genesis
March 8, 2009
02:31 PM

Look who is hounding who here ! And how protective SD is of AD. But I don't have the right to be protective of AR. Apparently she's a public figure and they can be trampled by anyone and everyone. Talk of double standards !

I guess my best response to this review would be-

Hi IS,Nicely written written! I started liking Steve Martin after watching PP2, thanks to the presence of AR. Did not watch the first one coz I was not even aware of it or Steve Martin :)

I noticed Ash in the film. She looked stunning and did a decent job within the scope of the role given to her. Any other decent actress would have done only as much ;).

I really liked that her character had shades of gray and in the end the seemingly inconsequential role in the beginning turned out to be consequential.

Phew ! Now you gang can go and sulk in a corner.

SD - Now that you have made a very obvious personal comment on me, shouldn't that be edited ;? I expect some professionalism here and not display of double standards.

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