#261/ 365 – ‘Johnny English Reborn’ – 101 mins
Cinema Challenge #105 / 115
Since we last saw him, secret agent Johnny English (Rowan Atkinson) has been honing his martial arts skills in a remote region of Asia. But now the call has come through: Her Majesty’s Secret Service needs him back! Summoned by Pamela Head (Gillian Anderson), Johnny is set to work hunting down a gang of international assassins who plan to bump off the Chinese premier at a heads of state conference. With just days to prevent the world being plunged into chaos, Johnny must master the latest hi-tech gadgets and unravel a conspiracy that goes to the heart of the CIA, KGB and even MI7.
Despite the evidence of a mega-budget seeping from its very core, a helicopter chase, a ski lift shoot out. Johnny English Reborn only averagely improves on its 2003 predecessor. It’s not without lack of trying to be a great watch, as director Oliver Parker (St. Trinian’s) gives Rowan Atkinson an action thriller backdrop to wreak his mischievous upon, and a cast that includes Gillian Anderson as the cat loving boss of MI-7, the always delightful Rosamund Pike, and the ever reliable and suave Dominic West to feed of off.
The slapstick gags are funny at times, largely due to Akinson’s fantastic comedic abilities. To be fair, I laughed out loud on several occasions whilst on others I felt the laughs were a little bit to forced.