Johnny English (2003)

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Johnny English (2003)
  • Time: 95 min
  • Genre: Action | Adventure | Comedy
  • Director: Peter Howitt
  • Cast: Rowan Atkinson, John Malkovich, Natalie Imbruglia

Storyline:

When a funeral of a British spy is attacked, all the remaining spies are killed. Only one spy is left and is now Britain’s last hope. Johnny English and his sidekick, Bough have been assigned the case of investigating the theft of the British Crown Jewels. The prime suspect is a mysterious French entrepreneur, known as Pascal Sauvage. English and Bough soon find out the horrifying truth behind the theft and Sauvage, but it’s not going to be an easy job to bring him to justice.

One review

  • Rowan Atkinson’s most lovable character has to be Mr. Bean, if not Bean, than Enrico Polini from Rat Race. He is even known to some people as that Italian guy from Rat Race or just Mr. Bean. This time, Rowan Atkinson stars in Johnny English, a parody of all spy films, mostly just the Bond films but in a comedic way mostly. However, Johnny English could have easily been taken into satiric context but instead, it’s filled with unnecessary stale jokes but still contains some good ones. It’s also stereotypes the hate between English and French, thus, that could have somewhat led to a satiric context easily for a parody.

    From the director of Laws of Attraction, Peter Howitt directs Johnny English with his English style of film. Rowan Atkinson plays a government clerk named Johnny English who is forgotten, over-looked, and seldom thought of. He has a low paying job and is never given a chance to improve. One day when him and his friend are working in his office, the top agent in Britain named Number 1 enters to get his assignment filed by Johnny. He then gets killed on his mission. When his replacement comes, it’s Johnny’s job to welcome him. Unlucky for him, while he ensures the agent that the establishment is the most secure place in England, a huge explosion kills the rest of England’s top agents. Now Johnny and his friend are assigned the job of top agent. Their mission is to find out what the French are up to next. Apparently, this certain French man they’re after has a complex plan to take over the world by becoming the King of England. Anyway’s I hate to write reviews with spoilers, even trailer-level so I’ll conclude.

    Overall, Johnny English has some classic Bean-style jokes except his character is too excited at times and plays too stupid for a secret agent, even for a parody. When the jokes aren’t good, they’re bad; real bad. The action is all right, when it actually happens. Still English has a good foundation and could have been done much better. If it’s given a sequel, there is a perfect opportunity for re-thinking it over and making it better.

    My Rating: 6.5/10

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