Friday, October 21, 2011

Johnny English Reborn

Prequels, Sequels, Reboots, and Remakes.  That's all we have to look forward to these days in theaters.  And if ever there was a movie I didn't think would get greenlit for a sequel, it was the 2003 spy spoof 'Johnny English' starring Rowan Atkinson.  (Did anyone even see that movie?)  Atkinson plays the titular character, a British secret agent who somehow manages to get the job done despite being a total buffoon.  Of course it doesn't hurt that he's been training with monks who teach him to make up for in mind what he lacks in body. So he's been reborn, so to speak.

Best known as Blackadder and Mr. Bean, Atkinson has formed a career out of playing silly, British slapstick.  If you've ever seen any of his work, you pretty much know what you're going to get from all of his work.  You either like him or hate him.  And I must admit (and I'm not proud of it) but I kind of like him.  He amuses me.  And this sequel is funnier and a bit better than the original.  So if you've been jonesing for another secret agent spoof film in the vein of 'Austin Powers' or 'Get Smart', then feel free to turn your brain off and check this one out.  You don't have to admit to it afterward.

Grade: B-

1 comment:

  1. Saw this one by accident (other movie we were there to see had technical issues), and actually laughed out a loud a few times. Silly film, but LOVE ROWAN ATKINSON!