Johnny English Strikes Again (2018)


7/10: Our Johnny is back, in a more family-friendly vein
Monday, October 12, 2020

In this age of increasingly crass Internet humour, now more than ever we need a return to good old-spirited British comedy. In this respect, Johnny English Strikes Again delivers. Rowan Atkinson returns as the hapless, James Bond spy knock-off, Johnny English, who is brought swiftly out of semi-retirement, (he now teaches "spying" to children at a private school in Lincolnshire), and back into the field when a cyber attack on MI7 compromises the identities of all the current agents. English is forced to pit himself against the cause of this, and subsequent, attacks - a technology guru called Jason (an unfortunate lacklustre performance by American actor, Jake Lacy).Aided by his sidekick Bough (a very welcome return by Ben Miller), English dispenses with all the modern technology MI7 has to offer, some of which he calls "a box of gobbledygook", in order to make himself "invisible to a digital enemy", with the aim of thwarting the villain when...

7/10: Totally idiotic, but a great laugh anyway
Friday, October 5, 2018

I've always enjoyed the Johnny English movies, so I was absolutely delighted with the third entry in the series: Johnny English Strikes Again. With the brilliantly idotic hilarity of The Pink Panther, and the fun factor of all the old Bond movies, I was laughing and smiling right the way through here, and even though there's barely anything in terms of a story to follow, it proves a thoroughly entertaining watch from beginning to end.I was really surprised by just how much I laughed in this movie, because while I've had good fun with the previous two films, I can't say that I've ever found one quite so funny as this, but that really is a positive for a film that's unashamedly silly and light-hearted throughout.Taking all of the most generic tropes of spy movies, including all the clich├ęs of old Bond and new Mission: Impossible movies, this film tells you...

10/10: English is back & he's at his best
Saturday, September 29, 2018

Johnny English Strikes Again continues with the adventures of MI7 spy, Johnny English(Rowan Atkinson). When a vicious cyber attack exposes all of MI7's agents, Johnny English will have to come out of retirement to save the day, yet again. Johnny English Strikes Again is an absolutely hilarious movie. Director David Kerr takes what makes English so funny, ups the ante & surpasses both Johnny English(2003) & Johnny English Reborn(2011). The one-liners & slapstick humor work, every single time. The viewer is guffawing continuously, until their sides hurt. The locales, just like any other spy movie, are gorgeous. The action set pieces are funny & engaging at the same time. Be prepared for many Mr. Bean references. Rowan Atkinson is spectacular as Johnny English. The fact that this is the third film in the franchise, proves Atkinson's acting ability & sheer star power. Olga Kurylenko is brilliant as Ophelia. Ben Miller is great as Bough. Jake Lacy is perfect as...

3/10: Feels outdated and uninventive
Monday, December 17, 2018

This entire movie feels like it was made ten years ago - from the title to the poster to the bland script and its weirdly naive way of portraying the internet and the whole digital aspect of the story.While Rowan Atkinson is undoubtedly the king of physical comedy, his performance here felt quite uninspired and out-of-date. This seems like the ultimate irony, since the story evolves around a clash of modernity and old school espionage. However, I don't think the main problem lies in Atkinson's performance but in the poorly developed script with its lazy writing.Now, the JOHNNY ENGLISH franchise obviously isn't known for its high standards in film making and just wants to make people laugh. But that's the main issue here: It just isn't funny. The script lacks any sort of coherence and even comedic timing. Everything feels like we've all seen it before in a much better way...

6/10: Stupidity guaranteed
Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Johnny English Strikes Again delivers us a new chapter of collisions and botched up situations. As a fan of slapstick, the first two films in the series have always had a special place in my heart - those along with Jump Streets, Anchormans and Horrible Bosses, Bringing Up Baby, etc. are always ready to go when I want to watch something light and stupid (big fan of stupidity). Johnny English Strikes Again will be added to that list, as for my money, it's at least almost as good as the previous instalments. They're obviously nothing earth shattering but they're good for what they are. Atkinson's as good as ever, Bough (played by Ben Miller) is back from the first film and there are also fun cameos from Michael Gambon and Charles Dance so we have a little bit of Dumbledore and Tywin Lannister in the mix as well. Add some Atkinson dance moves, really bad fake names...

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