Any film that remakes a classic is bound to face harsh judgement both critically and from the cinema-going public. I went to see this film expecting the worst but hoping for better. Thankfully, I was pleasantly surprised.
This film is no comedy masterpiece, but it succeeds in providing plenty of laughs throughout. Although the film does suffer from many of its jokes being in the over-played trailer, it still has enough jokes and funny set-pieces to overlook this.
Steve Martin does a fantastic job as Inspector Clouseau, the root of most of the film's humour. The 'hamburger' sequence is one of the funniest things I've seen in a long time; Martin's accent is consistently hilarious throughout. The supporting cast is on fine form considering their thin material - Emily Mortimer is particularly sweet as Nicole. There is one weak point in the acting chain and that is Beyonce Knowles. I had not expected much of her, but she failed to convince, despite the fact that she is, more or less, playing herself.
The film is well paced and effectively fills out its running time. The final scene feels a little unnecessary, but is just about amusing enough to merit its inclusion. Although for the most part the characters are quite 2D, Clouseau naturally being little more than a caricature, the film's obligatory sad moment and romantic moment are both still relatively effective.
Without the humour the film is very weak indeed, but thankfully not a single joke falls flat. All in all, this film is highly enjoyable light entertainment.