An extremely creative animation of the opening credits gets this thoroughly diverting movie off to a breezy start. Fans of the original comedy (1964) will feel right at home with the bungling Inspector Clouseau, one of the most inept chaps ever to enter the ranks for law-and-order. He is asked by an Arab government to help them locate the Pink Panther diamond, which has been stolen from their supposedly impregnable national museum. Clouseau believes the theft to be the work of Sir Charles Litton better known as "The Phantom." In order to protect himself, the crafty Litton sets out on his own to find the cook while his wife Claudine diverts Closeau.
The action is a slapstick devotee's dream come true. Our clumsy hero is undone by faulty vehicles, a telephone, a doorbell, revolving doors, a vacuum cleaner, a lamp, a parrot, and an overly zealous Oriental manservant who is given to secret hiding places and surprise Kung Fu attacks. The sight gags come on fast and furiously. The story line flies in several directions at once but everywhere we look there's a laugh!
Peter Sellars is superb as the doltish inspector. Herbert Lom has a comic field day as hi superior driven mad by Clouseau's ineptitudes. Catherine Schell is clever as she unsettles the plodding investigator, and Christopher Plummer fares well as the intrepid Phantom. By all means treat yourself and your family to this summer winner! It's a good-natured and zany entertainment with absolutely no other aim than to give you a good time.