ATKINSON’S STILL GOT IT
There’s lots of laughs to be had as British actor and comedian Rowan Atkinson returns to the big screen in Johnny English Strikes Again, his third outing as the bumbling British spy tasked with saving the day
JOHNNY ENGLISH STRIKES AGAIN
Director: David Kerr Stars: Rowan Atkinson, Emma Thompson, Olga Kurylenko, Jake Lacy, Ben Miller getting better with age.
Johnny English Strikes Again is his third outing as bumbling British spy Johnny English, who was inspired by Atkinson’s character in the popular Barclaycard TV ads of the early ’90s.
When we catch up with English, he’s happily passing on his spy skills to his students at the boarding school where he now works as a teacher.
But five days before the British PM (Emma Thompson) is to host her first G12 summit, MI7’s security is breached and every agent in the field identified and exposed.
The only hope of finding the perpetrator is to bring an agent out of retirement, but with most of them either dead or close to it, the head of MI7 is left with only one choice – English.
He readily accepts the mission, but soon learns a lot has changed since he was in the field. He calls upon his trusty sidekick Bough (Ben Miller) to track down the hacker using oldschool methods to avoid digital detection.
The battle between analog (English) and digital (pretty much everyone else) plays out throughout the course of the film and it should elicit laughs across the generations.
English soon crosses paths with the mysterious Ophelia (Olga Kurylenko), whose beauty distracts him from her multiple attempts to kill him.
An extended scene on a nightclub dance floor, in which English’s dance moves unwittingly save his life, is a particular highlight.
As a friend described it to me, he’s like John Travolta gone wrong. If you don’t find it funny, then your funny bone must be numb.
Thompson is fabulous as the flustered PM, who can’t quite believe the fate of the nation is in the hands of English.
You’ll see some of the setups coming from a mile away, but that doesn’t make this film any less fun. It’s good, silly entertainment.
Emma Thompson plays the British Prime Minister while Rowan Atkinson is back as a bumbling spy in Johnny English Strikes Again.