Johnny English Reborn (Blu-ray)

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published 26/08/2016 | thedevilinme
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Johnny English Reborn (Blu-ray)

Johnny English Reborn (Blu-ray)

Star – Rowan Atkinson
Genre – Comedy
Run Time – 101 minutes
Certificate – PG
Country – U.K
Amazon – £2.71.00 DVD 3.91 Blue Ray.
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On the face of it a James Bond spoof starring Rowan Atkinson should have been very good. It wasn’t, Johnny English a real stinker. The base humor completely missed its target audience as Rowan presented Mr Bean not Mr Bond. This is Britain’s finest and most articulate and intelligent comedian that bought us Blackadder’, after all? Surely he could mix in some Edmond Blackadder and that public school pompous genius humor for the Bond send up? It was a chanced missed to make a brilliant remembered comedy movie the way the Python boys and girls did, presenting us with a silly version of his Barclaycard commercials from way back then. Interestingly, Both Rowan Atkinson (Johnny English) and co-sat Rosamund Pike here made their film debuts in Bond films, the former in Never Say Never Again (1983) and the latter in Die Another Day (2002). Atkinson, ironically, played an inept agent in Never Say Never Again. So would lessons be learnt and Johnny English: Reborn be any good?
Johnny English – 6.0/10 – 39%
Roger Ebert – 1.5%


Rowan Atkinson ... Johnny English
Rosamund Pike ... Kate Sumner
Gillian Anderson ... Pamela Stokes
Dominic West ... Simon Ambrose
Tim McInnerny ... Patch Quartermain
Mariella Frostrup ... Royce (voice)
Roger Barclay ... Agent Two
Eric Carte ... Agent One
Togo Igawa ... Ting Wang
Daniel Kaluuya ... Agent Tucker
Miles Jupp ... Technician
Pik Sen Lim ... Killer Cleaner (as Pik-Sen Lim)


After a bungled operation in Mozambique, where their entire royal family and Prime Minister were wiped out under MI6’s protection, Agent Johnny English (Rowan Atkinson), stripped of his Knighthood, disappeared in shame and ended up at a Buddhist monk temple in Tibet, using the time, to be fully trained in Monk martial arts, five long years of solitude. But a new department, MI7 ( sponsored by a Japanese technology company), headed by Pamela Stokes (Gillian Anderson), want English back in London with his license to kill reactivated, preferably not to use on the people he is protecting this time.

With the help of fellow agent Simon Ambrose (Dominic West), quartermaster Patch Quartermain (Tim McInnerny a.k.a Captain Darling) and sexy behavioral psychologist Kate Summer (Rosumund Pike), English is bought up to speed and reassigned to Honk Kong, where there is a plot to kill the Chinese Premier, Agent Tucker (Daniel Kaluuya) his right hand man and support.

English first lead is ex CIA Agent Titus Fisher (Richard Schiff), who is killed when he hands English an exotic metal key. Fisher mentions a shadowy group called ‘Vortex, before a sniper takes Fisher out. English, of course, loses the key and it falls into the wrong hands, one of three smart keys needed to activate a secret weapon.

Various people get killed as English, as expected, bungles his away around the world looking for the keys, Vortex and the secret weapon, always a fag paper away from being fired again in disgrace.


The huge problem with the Johnny English thing is it’s not aimed at kids or adults, somewhere in-between, the sort of people who watch the One Show, a movie for idiots. And that’s the story of Atkinson’s wasted talent on the big screen. What the film really needed was an injection of comedy that plays to Atkinson's strengths - and some decent writers. He's a funny guy, but this material just isn't worthy of him. If Ben Elton and Richard Curtiss had got hold of this then who knows. I think Ricky Gervais and co should write the third film, rumored to be coming in 2018. More of the same of this lame parody will make money though, Johnny English costing $40 million and doing $160 million back, Reborn costing just $5 million more and also doing $160 million. The franchise certainly needs refreshing though.

It’s frustrating watching this as the humor is just not clever enough. Again, imagine if the latest Edmond Blackadder was Bond. It’s disappointingly dumbed down to target the lowest common denominator and widest multiplex audience. The Americans did it way better with spoof films like Spy and Austin Powers, as they are now with the Bond spy genre with Bourne and Mission Impossible films.

There are one or two mildly funny bits but not enough to recommend. It’s not as bad as the first film but still pretty flat. I tried to laugh and watched the film all the way through. It’s been ten years since I saw the first one and hoping it was not as bad a franchise as I thought it was. I’m still baffled why it’s so bad to be honest. Unless Ricky G does the third film I am out.

RATINGS – 6.3/10.0 (89,72votes) –39% critic’s approval – 51% critic’s approval


Special Features

Blue Ray option has some good extras on it. The film is definitely improved by a Blue Ray presentation as it is an action movie with plenty of chase scenes and explosions. Sound is excellent and very sharp and plenty of ratio options to enjoy the film.

-Deleted Scenes-

Quite a few as the director must have hated some of the stuff he was told to put on screen.

-Behind the Scenes-

Straightforward one with most cast & crew involved, including Rowan. He didn’t say what he thought of the film and so the cheque must have been big.

-Goofs 7 Bloopers-

I’m not a fan of them and these feel forced.


Tribune –‘English Reborn" isn't terrible and is certainly seriously harmless...But it does remind one of the glorious past and the potential Atkinson never realized in his movies, even the hit ones’.

New York Post –‘It would seem to appeal mostly to hard-core fans of the "Mr. Bean'' star and children who laugh at the sight of men being repeatedly kicked in the groin’. –‘Just a reasonably steady stream of closed-mouth chuckles over comic incidents designed for that laziest little compartment of your brain’.

Screen It –‘ While I wouldn't recommend paying full admission price, you could do worse flipping past it on a rainy Saturday afternoon at home while looking for family entertainment.

NY Times –‘It's banal to the point that kids at the film's New York press screening were apparently bored out of their minds.

Deadspin –‘ This is not the highest level of comedy, or even the highest level of effort from everyone involved, but at least they get out of the way and let the man work’.


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When a team of ruthless assassins plot to kill the Chinese premier, the only person who can stop them from plunging the world into total chaos is bumbling secret agent Johnny English (Rowan Atkinson) in this sequel featuring Gillian Anderson, Dominic West, and Rosamund Pike. Somewhere deep in Asia, the veteran MI-7 spy has been training for years in anticipation of his next mission. Meanwhile, the most prominent heads of state in the world begin gathering for a conference that could have a major impact on the world of global politics. When MI-7 receives word that the Chinese premier has become the target of some high-powered killers, it falls on Johnny English to save the day. Armed with the latest high-tech weaponry and gadgets that would make even James Bond jealous, the once-disgraced agent uncovers evidence of a massive conspiracy involving some of the world's most powerful organizations, and vows to redeem his tarnished reputation by stopping the killers before they can strike.


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