Iím not going to compare Martinís Clouseau to Sellersí version, that wouldnít be fair to anyone. Letís just look at this as its own movie and forget that it shares the title with the former films. With that in mind, the film still isnít funny and the characters created are still annoying. Martin does what he can, but itís not enough. The film relies too heavily on the fact that Martin is doing a French voice and no one seems to realize thatís not funny anymore, if it ever was.
The plot itself is pretty pedestrian, but that could have been forgiven if the jokes were flying fast and furiously. I will confess that I laughed out loud a few times, but it was almost in spite of what they were doing, not because of it. Itís a real tribute to Steve Martin that with the odds stacked against him and with a horrible plot, costume and accent, he can still make people laugh.
The pieces are actually there to make this bearable. Put Martin in a regular outfit, lose the accent and have it take place in America (to fit his normal accent). I can buy into Martin being an unknowing dimwit, just lose all the crap surrounding him. Even throw John Cleese in there, who is still hilarious. Mark my words; one day, Steve Martin is going to make a movie so funny that we will all bow to his comedic genius. Unfortunately, that day is not today.
Drama is EasyÖComedy is Dangerous (7:43): This is a quick look at some of the filmís stunts and the complications involved with filming them. Itís okay, but more of a fluff piece. It felt like it was part of a larger documentary.
A Dream Team Like No Other (13:56): It was actually a pretty impressive cast they got to make up the rest of the investigative team. This featurette looks at those actors and the different accents they had to do during the film. Again, more of a fluff piece.
There are some Previews and a Game
Finally, there are almost 3 hours worth of original Cartoons. I only watched a couple, but they were kind of cute. They were good for nostalgia, but not a way to spend a weekend.