DVD Review #7: A Shot In the Dark (1964)
I may have only purchased the DVD last year but I used to watch it constantly when I was younger. Its an old family favourite so it pains me to say that my opinion has changed quite a bit since. Inspector Clouseau (Peter Sellers) is an Incompetent detective working on a murder case, his attraction to one of the suspects causes complications in solving it and a large amount of stress to his boss.
The whodunit aspect is straight forward and uninspired, none of the characters stand out as interesting and neither is the outcome. The entire narrative really only exists as a platform for Sellers to perform his comedic routines so it's not surprising he is the highlight of the film. His portrayal of Clouseau is iconic, the accent isn't excessive with emphasis put on the right lines and his physical comedy is hilarious with visual gags that have stayed with me for years. With the murder mystery, the romance plot line and an array of bland characters dotted around, these great moments are few and far between. It seems Stanley Kubrick had the right idea letting Peter Sellers play most of the lead roles in Dr. Strangeglove.
My problem with the love interest exists on many levels: the humour turns sordid and dull, the storyline itself lacks in anything unique and the character he falls for exhibits the personality and usefulness of a potted plant. It would have worked much better had the comedy become a double act and his attraction to her be more than sexual, to at least respect both characters a little more. However, the commissioners slow decent to insanity offers some refreshing humour, it's just a shame there couldn't be more scenes between him and the inspector.
A lot of jokes will stay with me but I feel if you add them all up it comes to 10 minutes, Peter Sellers is a very funny man but if you took him away from this picture, the film would amount to nothing at all.
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