Johnny English Reborn (PG)

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Review byTenani French28/09/2011

Three out of Five stars
Running time: 101 minutes

An enjoyable comedy with believable characters and an engaging plot however it is almost aimed squarely at those familiar with Rowan Atkinson’s typical character performance.

Whats it about?

MI-7 agent Johnny English (Rowan Atkinson) is in exile in a Tibetan monastery when he is called back to London to be briefed by new MI-7 CEO Pegasus (Gillian Anderson) on a new threat to kill the Chinese premier and lead the world into chaos. English is battling personal demons stemming from a botched job in which another world leader was killed but signs on again with the newly privatised MI-7. English unravels a web of conspiracy involving intelligence agencies from all over the world and uses high-tech gadgets, and his own unorthodox sleuthing skills to unravel the mystery.

The Good
Rowan Atkinson is good as Johnny English, building on the character he established in the first film, however is does feel like more of the same. The entire film is built around Atkinson’s ability to create physical comedy, which works at times and at times doesn’t. The exotic locales help to create a more epic sense to the story and homages to various Bond and other spy films are thinly veiled but much appreciated. Gillian Anderson pulls off a convincing English accent as the MI-7 boss and English’s sidekick Tucker, played by Daniel Kaluuya, provides the audience a balance to Atkinson’s antics.

The Bad
While the film’s acting and premise is fine, the issue here is that the comedy relies too heavily on physical situations English finds himself in, and quite often they are either not played out well enough, or continue past the point of being funny. Some of the funniest moments in the movie are when Atkinson is doing something normal but messing it up, such as a scene where he has particular trouble controlling an office chair or pretending to carry an invisible cat.

Worth Seeing?
Fans of Rowan Atkinson’s work will be delighted to see him back on the big screen and continuing with a genuinely (most of the time) funny character and the innocence of the movie makes it quite accessible to audiences of all ages. It is truely Rowan Atkinson doing what he does best. On the flip side, some people more accustomed to script-driven comedy may find the film tedious after a while.

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