i think we're just gonna have to agree to disagree, george... i wouldn't dare use Trail or Son, either one... i'd go with Son, perhaps, before i'd go to Trail (nevermind that Trail isn't even one of the choices here, since Sellers does appear in it), but i think i'd rather save both of those til the people in question had seen most of the rest of the series... i still maintain that TPP06 is the best of the non-Sellers films... i think we could just go round and round in circles on this, though, with neither side ever convincing the other...
Post by thecolonel93 on Sept 11, 2007 14:03:12 GMT
My vote goes to the Arkin-Yorkin misfire as it is the only one not bagged down with post-Sellers baggage. Sure I compare Arkin to Sellers and Yorkin to Edwards when watching the film, but at least it was new territory and not a retread with old characters or recycled situations. Of course, Ken Thorne's Mancini-esque score helps tremendously.
If I had to introduce someone to the series with a non-Sellers movie it would be The Pink Panther 2006. I think it would be best to only see the others when yuo are a true Panther fan if not you'd probably hate them.
I think the best non-Sellers PP is the Martin(06) one. If I had to introduce someone to PP films with a non-Sellers title, it would be the Martin(06) one.
Second best non-Sellers would have to be the Arkin movie, but this is based more on the actual movie, because my 3rd pick would be Curse, and while I did think Wass was OK, I thought the Curse story was worse than the Arkin movie. If that makes sense.
3rd best is Wass. Last is Benigni(his name just does not stick).
Not to offend anyone who is or has any mental issues, I found the Arkin portrayal to speal and act as if mentally disabled to a degree, and the Benigni(sp?) Son, to be like an escapee of a lunatic asylum.
So actor-wise, I think Wass is 3rd. But I found the Arkin movie story better than Curse. Of course most of this depends on the story and screenplay.
But after Sellers, Martin is my next choice. A toss-up with Wass and Arkin next, and far last is Stanley Spudowski, I mean, Benigni.
you did get the spelling right on Benigni, i think... and i agree with your assessment of the films pretty much... there was a time when i completely hated Arkin's film, but like you, i've come to appreciate the storyline more while still not really caring much for Arkin's version of Clouseau...