johnny english: strikes again

★★★

DIRECTOR: david kerr (debut)
STARRING: rowan atkinson, ben miller, olga Kurylenko, and emma thompson

 

REVIEWER: lyall carter

A cyberattack reveals the identities of all active undercover agents in Britain, leaving Johnny English as the secret service's last hope. Called out of retirement, English dives headfirst into action with the mission to find the mastermind hacker. As a man with few skills and analogue methods, Johnny English must overcome the challenges of modern technology to make this mission a success.

I don't know whether many people expected that Johnny English would make another outing. Not that the previous outings were at all poor but Johnny English: Strikes Again kinda came out of the blue. 

But its a welcome return to the big screen for Rowan Atkinson's bumbling spy Johnny English, which brings the chuckles in all their awkward slapstick glory. 

Johnny English: Strikes Again finds Johnny called back out of retirement to track down a super hacker who is attacking Britain's cyber infrastructure, exposing all of their agents and disrupting everything from trains to the airports.

 

Now Johnny English: Strikes Again isn't going to be one of those movies that becomes a cult classic or redefines comedic films forever. Sure its light on story and some of the special effect scenes are a little iffy. But for what it lacks, it more than makes up for in laughs. The audience that I watched it with was in fits of laughter as Rowan Atkinson butchered his way through a French accent, accidentally lets off a stun grenade in a cup of tea, and dusts off his Mr. Bean dance moves.

 

And while the supporting cast of Ben Miller, Olga Kurylenko, and Emma Thompson are brilliant (and its great to see Pauline McLynn AKA Father Ted's Mrs. Doyle in a little cameo), this really is Rowan Atkinson's show. Atkinson doesn't disappoint; he's filled with the same crazy comedic energy he had nearly 30 years ago as Mr. Bean. Sure, you may have seen similar gags from him before but its so good to see him back on our screens again and his Mr. Bean - esque dancing will have you crying with laughter

Although slightly predictable, Johnny English: Strikes Again will wrap you up nice and warm with all of its British comedic eccentricities and have you laughing all the way home.

★★★

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Johnny English Strikes Again is available on DVD, Blu-ray, and digital from all good disc and digital retailers. 

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