Went out with adventink today and had a very nice time with him.
We started off with a nice chat over a bowl of soup at a diner -- I had chicken noodle since I've been a bit sniffly lately while he had French onion with LOTS of cheese on it. We decided to go see a movie but had to wait a while before it started so after buying our tickets we went to a local Starbucks where I introduced him to one of my favorite drinks there -- mocha valencia -- which he seemed to enjoy very much.
The movie we saw was "The Pink Panther", a remake of the Peter Sellers original starring Steve Martin. His sidekick was one of my favorite actors, Jean Reno, who I almost didn't recognize since here he was clean-shaven, unlike in other roles in which I've seen him. Without the facial fur he bore a striking resemblance to one of my French cousins, so that was a little bit weird for me, but not so much so that it detracted from my enjoyment of the film.
And enjoy it I did!
I'd heard it panned by several folk so I'd been kind of flip-floppy about seeing it but neither I nor adventink felt like waiting two hours to see "Firewall" when we only had to wait one to see "The Pink Panther", so off we went to it, with low expectations of enjoyment.
The physical comedy was quite well done and M. Reno did a wonderful deadpan as Martin's Clouseau ran amok -- he was a joy to behold. (Martin was pretty good too, especially when in scenes set in New York City.) This is one of the few recent remakes I've seen where I really enjoyed it and personally I would be quite happy if there were sequels to it, particularly if M. Reno were to reprise his role. Kevin Kline was pretty good as the preening Dreyfuss also and I enjoyed his portrayal of the character far more than I did his predecessor in the original series.
Post-movie adventink and I chatted some more over drinks and a plate of fat-laden but yummy appetizers at a local TGIF Fridays before wending our way homewards.
Current Mood: bouncy
Current Music: "Pink Panther Theme" by Henry Mancini