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Johnny English (Reborn) – Movie Review

Posted by FATEMA H.KAGALWALA on September 24, 2011 | No Comments

PRODUCER – Tim Bevan, Chris Clark, Eric Fellner, Ronaldo Vasconcellos (Co-producer)
DIRECTOR – Oliver Parker
WRITER – William Davies, Hamish McColl
CAST – Rowan Atkinson, Dominic West, Gillian Anderson, Rosamund Pike
MUSIC – Ilan Eshkeri

Last time round he was at saving the world by trying to over-throw a plot to steal the Crown Jewels. After eight years, Johnny English is back doing what he does best, bumbling and being inefficient while he is the only one who believes he is the real deal as a spy.

‘Johnny English Reborn’ revisits the 2003 film Johnny English, which had its titular hero modelled on James Bond but with the supreme dundle-headness of Inspector Clousseau. Rowan Atkinson, the original Johnny English plays funny Bond in this one as well, and with the same flair and comic charm as ever.

This time round his mission is to save the Chinese premier from the assassination plan being hatched. As our man delves deeper into the case he is caught by a mesh of conspiracy across intelligence agencies, including his own Mi-7. He has an equally inept partner in Agent Tucker (Daniel Kaluuya) and the two try their best to get their head around the mission even as they mess their own trail.

Johnny’s bizarre goofiness unfolds on the screen with hilarious effect as he subverts all heroic conventions to emerge as a hero when least expected and a loser when least imagined. Rowan Atkinson sails through the faux-heroism and embarrassing antics of Johnny with his usual verve making it a pleasure to watch all the way. Gillian Anderson as his boss Pamela remains uni-dimensional in her stiff, upper-lipped role swaying from authoritarian to incredulous at regular intervals. Rosamund Pike as the psycho-analyst fills in the gap between the crazy English and stuffy Pamela.

Director Oliver Parker keeps a controlled hand on the proceedings as the comedy pans out with assured steadiness. Danny Cohen’s camera captures lush countryside as well as rollicking action with equal ease and Ilan Eshkeri’s music infuses several moods easily into the narrative from comic to danger to suspense and back!

There is oodles of idiotic and slapstick, nuttiness to keep you hooked. Some get predictable and some are genuinely rib-tickling even when expected. Breezy, fun-times with lots of popcorn and friends is a good deal to make with this film.


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