The much hyped Aishwarya Rai Hollywood venture Pink Panther 2 has failed to please the critics who attended the film's trials. Even though the film formally releases on February 6, this initial response sends across bad signals for the film.
Some excerpts from the film's reviews.
Alonso Duralde on MSNBC
On the film
Pink Panther 2 is a total waste of time. You can pretty much guess what happens: Clouseau says inappropriate things, Clouseau breaks stuff, Clouseau winds up being smarter than anyone else in the movie. While the vintage Panther movies were never known for their unpredictability, at least Peter Sellers was always delivering the laughs. Martin can't come close to the original when it comes to hauteur or a silly French accent, and it's painful watching him try. At least they all got a trip to France out of this.
And if for no other reason than to guarantee a boffo opening weekend in India, lovely Bollywood icon Aishwarya Rai Bachchan comes along for the ride playing an expert on The Tornado, even though the film gives her nothing funny to say or interesting to do.
Katey Rich on Cinemablend.com
On the film
Once I was watching The Office on DVD, and spent 10 minutes watching deleted scenes before I realised it wasn't the actual episode.
The Pink Panther 2 is pretty much the same experience, making you wonder if there's a cut of the film that doesn't linger so needlessly on Clouseau's love triangle, or leaves out the scenes (Clouseau karate fights with tweens?) that have nothing to do with the plot.
But apparently Martin and Zwart really did want to make a movie this aimless and derivative, aware that their target audience of children won't know what they're missing. Would that the rest of us could be so lucky.
No mention is made of her in the review.
Mike Goodridge on Screendaily.com
On the film
Steve Martin's second outing as Inspector Clouseau is a hit-and-miss family entertainment, which relies heavily on the audience's affection for the bumbling policeman to make up for a paper-thin storyline and a drab visual palette. Aiming almost too broadly for kids, this second film in the reignited franchise might bore adults expecting more sophisticated humour from seasoned pros such as Martin, John Cleese and Lily Tomlin.
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan is all at sea as the glamorous Sonia in the face of such talented comics.
Aishwarya Rai hit the pink carpet at the premiere of Pink Panther 2 in Los Angeles. She was hand-in-hand with hubby Abhishek and father-in-law Amitabh Bachchan.
Ash was looking rather dramatic in an all-black ensemble with statement diamond jewellery. Also seen at the premiere was Anil Kapoor. Guess they're making sure everybody puts the Slumdog-bashing chapter behind them.