Johnny English Reborn (Bilingual)
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International funnyman Rowan Atkinson (Johnny English, Mr. Bean) returns as the accidental secret agent who doesn’t know fear -- or danger -- in this hilarious spy film spoof that’s outrageous fun for the whole family! In his latest mission, Johnny English must stop a group of international assassins before they eliminate a world leader and cause global chaos. With just one shot at redemption, he will use (or misuse) the latest high-tech gadgets and every trick in his playbook to protect us all. Critics cheer, “You’ll get a kick out of Johnny English Reborn!” (Scott Bowles, USA Today)
Rowan Atkinson reprises his role as the slightly hapless, but still remarkably effective secret agent Johnny English in Johnny English Reborn. Atkinson's deadpan slapstick delivery is in fine form in this sequel to 2003's Johnny English. The sequel actually delivers as an excellent action film, with outstanding cinematography showcasing scenes as diverse as Hong Kong and Tibet, as well as a comedy along the lines of Get Smart. Johnny English Reborn opens in the mountains of Tibet, where a disgraced English has been living in a monastery, learning focus, attentiveness, and martial arts of the avoidance rather than of the über-attack variety. He is suddenly called back into action to serve Her Majesty in the spy agency MI-7, to help take down an international ring of assassins. English is reluctant at first, but then jumps at the chance to avenge the mistakes he made years earlier, and to deploy his new arsenal of skills. Johnny English is a very crisply directed, well-written, and even unpredictable comedy-action spoof, and it just might make fans out of Rowan Atkinson doubters. The timing of the gags is really well done, and Atkinson seems game for just about anything. He is also surrounded by a splendid supporting cast. Gillian Anderson plays the severe new head of MI-7, Pamela, with crisp assurance. Rosamund Pike is the comely Kate, a potential love interest for Agent English. And Daniel Kaluuya plays newbie Agent Tucker, who is assigned to accompany English, and who brings skills (and baggage) of his own. Director Oliver Parker, known mostly for his remakes of classics like Othello and The Importance of Being Earnest, brings a sure vision and entertaining pace to Johnny English Reborn. There's some crude humor, mostly in the form of blows to various groins, but there's no bad language or over-the-top grossness, so Johnny English Reborn is suitable for older kids and teens. --A.T. Hurley
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Is this film as funny as the first one? No, I don't think it is; it is funny but it is also just a little too slick. There are some superb comedic moments where Atkinson's immaculate timing and expressiveness really shine, but the bumbling fool of the first film has disappeared to be replaced by a less obviously funny, more suave & sophisticated English. There is no sign of Bough (except in a special features deleted scene), instead we have a young aspiring trainee for a side-kick and, while that works pretty well, the chemistry between Bough & English was a key to the humour of the first film. Gillian Anderson makes an creditable Pegasus (but without the gravitas of Tim Pigott-Smith's portrayal) and Dominic West is the perfect No. 1, but the absence of a baddie of John Malkovich's calibre leaves a bit of a hole in the plot. This film is funny in a more subtle way (that wouldn't be difficult!) and I think it has tried a little too hard to make a satirical observation on the contrast between the old-school secret service and the modern soft, cuddly & heavily sponsored outsourced government agency.
It is fair enough that a sequel has to be different from the original, otherwise it would just be an un-original rehash of the same theme and in this the film succeeds, but perhaps at the cost of tear-streaming, sides-aching raw humour. It isn't that this isn't a good or funny film, it is, but I don't think it bears comparison with its predecessor. I'd like to be able give it a rating of 3.5 as it doesn't deserve a three but isn't good enough for a four.
The first good joke was the "Toshiba" sponsor sign for MI-7 secret services. The humor is more than just slapstick. Rowan Atkinson combines the sophistication and intellect of James Bond with the zaniness of Peter Sellers. Indeed, for those who loved Peter Sellers would also enjoy Atkinson who doesn't attempt to copy Sellers, but rather create a character in his own style reminiscent of the master. The early scene with the cat had me laughing out loud at the classic style of Atkinson.
English is aided by agent Tucker (Daniel Kaluuya), a sidekick that has his own failings. Excellent use of the sound track. Worth seeing. Simply hilarious.
Good family movie for the older kids. Imagine a good comedy without all that crude humor (okay it has some kicks to the groin).
No f-bombs, sex, or nudity.
I must say that this movie is FUNNY AS HELL !!! Best Movie he's done yet and the FUNNIEST Movie to come out in the past few years!!!!
This is for ALL Mr. Bean fans, or for someone who wants a good laugh!!
Oh, and don't forget to watch the ending credits as there is a "Special" Scene that is just Genius!!
A perfect James Bond parody, a couple of good laugh with a lot of action ...
Full of action, hilarious scenes and surprising until the last second of generics
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My family enjoyed this movie. However it could be better and a little bit funnier.Published 21 months ago by My Voice
Loved the first movie, thats why I bought the second one, mistake.
With all the good actors in this movie it should of rocked. Read more