This is the Steve Martin I came to appreciate in his early films - creative, funny, inspired and original. Gérard Depardieu's version came out in 1990 and, truer to the original concept, I loved it. Martin's 1987 version broke new ground, up-dated and transformed it into something quite new while retaining all the important elements.
Being Steve Martin is something he does better than anyone else and, when he is not trying to be Peter Sellers (Inspector Clouseau x 2) or Phil Silvers (Sgt Bilko), he is excellent. Without the straitjacket of another performer and performance to cloud his mind, he is fresh, vital and natural.
A very enjoyable, funny film.