Reviewed bySteffi_PVote: 8/10/10
This was the fourth movie in the Pink Panther franchise and, despitethe title, the titular diamond that was the namesake of the originaland The Return of has nothing to do with this entry. By now, PinkPanther had come to mean not gimmick for the sake of a comedy plot, butthe world of the wonderfully inept Inspector Clouseau, and a vibrantbrand of latter-day screen slapstick.
One of the most consistently brilliant elements of the earlier pictureswas Clouseau's relationship with the increasingly demented Dreyfuss.For The Pink Panther Strikes Again, this relationship becomes thecentral premise of the whole movie. As such the scope is there formore-or-less continuous comedy with very little else to complicate it.Apart from, that is, a James Bond spoof slant, with Dreyfuss taking onthe role of the eccentric super villain. This in turn allows for somelarge-scale actiony gags, reminiscent of the wilder escapades of silentcomics Buster Keaton and Harold Lloyd. Peter Sellers's stunt double JoeDunne received a lot of work here.
This also allows for a greater part to be taken in comic staging bydirector Blake Edwards. A Shot in the Dark was nearly all Sellers, andthat was very good in its way, but for Strikes Again we really get tosee Edwards's outsize and somewhat surreal comic creations at theirmost unbridled, from the perfectly-timed three way fight betweenClouseau, Cato and Dreyfuss to Clouseau's bungled attempts to get intoDreyfuss's castle. But Edwards still has a way with the smaller comedyconfection, as usual his trademark tactic being to make almosteverything invisible to the audience, showing just enough to make a gagwork. For example, there is a very funny set-up in a public toiletwhere we only see the feet at the bottom of the cubicles.
There's a lot of verbal comedy too in the Blake Edwards/Frank Waldmanscreenplay, which is of a middling quality and gets a little tiresomeat times. But as we see for example in the scene where Sellersinterrogates the professor's house staff, Sellers and Edwards havebrilliant timing in punctuating a talky scene with physical gags.Occasionally the humour gets just a little too silly, and there are alot of clichés such as the "that is not my dog" line, which I'm surepredates this movie, and the stepping-on-a-rake gag, which predatescinema.
But perhaps this latter is a deliberate tribute to the staples ofslapstick. It becomes apparent, as Clouseau inadvertently survivesnumerous assassination attempts, that he succeeds purely by virtue ofthe fact that he is a slapstick hero and a wake of chaos must followhim wherever he goes. It is a kind of meta-comedy. And herein lies oneof the slightly disappointing things about this movie. Often Clouseauis saved, not directly by his incompetence, but by sheer luck. When agiant pretzel stops him getting skewered by a killer disguised as abuxom wench, it is funny, but it is not really a Clouseau gag. Itseems, with Sellers's lessening interest in the franchise (not tomention the heart condition which kept the aforementioned Mr Dunneemployed), that perhaps the character around whom the whole thingrevolved was beginning to be watered down.
Reviewed byvip_ebriegaVote: 7/10/10
My Take: Sellers is still strong in this sillier, but just ashilarious, offering.
This is one of my favorite entries in the "Pink Panther" series offilms. Peter Sellers is always in his most hilarious as clumsyInspector Clouseau. Herbert Lom, Lesley Ann-Down and Burt Kwouk givesuperb supporting roles. And Blake Edwards makes everything hilariousas it should. This one ranks one of the best. It features one ofClouseau's clumsiest, the wonderfully hilarious karate sequence betweenCato and Clouseau and a wonderfully exhibited comedy plot, aboutClouseau's former Chief Inspector Charles Dreyfuss cracking up andfinds a sinister way to find Clouseau and uses a large laser tothreaten the world to give away Clouseau. Though not A SHOT IN THEDARK, this is one of the funnier outings in the entertaining, iftotally uneven PINK PANTHER series.
Rating: ***1/2 out of 5.
Reviewed byma-cortesVote: 7/10/10
After making life intolerable for clumsy Inspector Closeau (PeterSellers) , former Chief Inspector Charles Dreyfuss (overacting HerbertLom) goes nutty and is interned in asylum . One time escaped from themental asylum , the mentally ill Dreyfuss tries to destroy the world bymeans of a ray-laser . Besides , he hires a group of hit men to killJacques Closeau who's gone to England to investigate the abduction aneminent scientific forced to build a fantastic machine and being helpedby British policemen (Colin Blakely , Leonard Rossiter).
This release is the fourth part of Closeau series and an enjoyablecomedy starred by the great Peter Sellers as the inept and bunglerInspector of the French Surete . The movie gets entertaining andhilarious moments here and there . This slapstick contains funny scenesand never slowdown . Herbert Lom parodying his ¨Phantom of opera¨personage is excellent . There appear as secondaries the usual series ,such as Burt Kwouk as Cato , Grahame Stark and a gorgeous Lesley AnneDown who replaced Maud Adams . Omar Sharif , who had just played withdirector Blake Edwards on " The Tamarind Seed " has a brief cameo as aneastern murderer . Lively and atmospheric music by habitual HenryMancini and magnificent opening and ending cartoon titles by RichardWilliams . Colorful cinematography Harry Waxman , being mostly shot inEurope : Paris , France , Bavaria , Germany , Ireland and SheppertonStudios , Surrey , England . The film was well penned and directed , asalways , by Blake Edwards . Several chuckles and gags , the result ofwhich is one of the funniest from series along with ¨A shot in dark¨ ,¨Return of pink panther¨, and ¨Revenge of pink panther¨. The flick willappeal to pink panther series and Peter Sellers fans . This is arguablyone of the best pink panther . Two thumbs up.
Charles Dreyfus escapes from the mental asylum and tries to kill Chief Inspector Jacques Clouseau. He doesn't succeed at first, so he takes on another strategy, namely to build a Doomsday machine and demand that someone else kills Jacques Clouseau, or Dreyfus will use the machine to wipe out whole cities and even whole countries... With about 22 assassins from all over the globe on his tail, Clouseau decides to find Dreyfus alone and put him back in the mental asylum.