|THE PINK PANTHER (1963)|
Brenda De Banzie
|Time: 113 mins.|
Rating: Not Rated
Academy Award nomination for Best Score.
|CAPSULE REVIEW Though this is considered a classic comedy, I have to say I was underwhelmed. I'm not a huge fan of Blake Edwards' films, but I remembered this being funnier than it was. I think the main issue I had with it is not enough Peter Sellers. One can't separate him from his role as Inspector Clouseau and yet he's not the star of this film. David Niven is. Niven is a fine actor, but it's Sellers' outrageous behavior that makes you laugh and he's just not given enough screen time to make this film really work. For those of you interested in the plot, the Pink Panther is a world famous diamond Inspector Clouseau is watching in order to catch his nemesis, the Phantom, an infamous jewel thief, whose identity is not a secret to the audience. The film follows his bumbling efforts on the case and in the bedroom, as he tries to stop the Phantom and make love to his wife...who isn't exactly helpful with either endeavor. Sellers has some wonderful moments and the rest of the cast is pretty good as well, it's the lack of mystery in regards to the Phantom's identity that shoots this film in the foot right from the start. It's not a bad beginning to this comedy series, it's just not the best it could be. However, if you're looking for a little light entertainment filled with dashing men, beautiful women and pratfalls galore, this will fill the bill.|