JOHNNY ENGLISH STRIKES AGAIN (PG) Third time is (fi­nally) a charm, UK, 88 min

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Bri­tish fun­ny­man Rowan Atkin­son orig­i­nally de­vel­oped his Johnny English per­sona for a se­ries of credit card ads at the turn of the mil­len­nium. Two ter­ri­ble films fol­lowed in 2003 and 2011, in which Mr English was re­vealed to be a shoddy combo of a less-than-suave James Bond, a more-talk­a­tive Mr Bean and The Pink Pan­ther’s In­spec­tor Clouseau wiz­zout zee Frah­nch ac­cent. Teams of an­a­lysts, re­searchers and sci­en­tists all over the world are still search­ing for an ex­pla­na­tion as to how these com­edy calami­ties grossed al­most half a bil­lion bucks at the box-of­fice. Now it is time for a third Johnny English flick, and in a mirac­u­lous devel­op­ment just south of cur­ing the com­mon cold, they’ve gone and made a half­way-de­cent one. The story is a com­plete bust — Johnny is the only spy in Eng­land still ac­tive af­ter a hacker blows ev­ery­one else’s cover — but some of the phys­i­cal slap­stick set pieces are com­posed with gen­uine skill and cre­ativ­ity. Co-stars Emma Thomp­son, Olga Kurylenko.

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