There has been precious few more beloved British comedic actors than Rowan Atkinson. Something about the physicality he brings to his roles has endeared him to many a film fan. Johnny English, think the British version of Inspector Clouseau, has been a character he has returned to a couple of times. While these are not films that are going to blow the doors off the barn, they have been liked enough that they keep getting made.
Even the story in this one feels like a rehash. A story we have seen so many times. Yet, we make excuses based on Atkinson’s skill and the fact that he is just so entertaining to watch. Despite the fact that you see everything coming from a mile away.
Part of the problem is the obvious lack of budget. Not that this is low budget, but it most certainly does not have the money to burn which other high level spy/action films like Bond or a number of Tom Cruise films do.
Slapstick comedy reigns here. The way in which Rowan Atkinson is able to contort his face and body is at times incredible. Light entertainment in which you can shut off your brain, pop popcorn and enjoy.
The identities of all British undercover agents has been gained through cyber hacking. Johnny English (played by Rowan Atkinson), who was forced into retirement, is the only option they can turn to. As bumbling as he always is, English is even more like a fish out of water in this technology based cased. As much as his sidekick Bough (played by Ben Miller) tries to help him, English keeps on screwing the pooch.
Things look hopeless. So much so that the British Prime Minister (played by Emma Thompson) turns to the last person she should. Will English and Bough be able to bumble their way to saving the day?
Keep your eyes open for cameo roles by Charles Dance, Michael Gambon and Olga Kurylenko.
-The Comedy Genius of Rowan Atkinson
-A Cast of Characters
-The Johnny English Legacy
-Virtual Reality Johnny English Style
-Locations and Design
-Feature Commentary with Director David Kerr