Film Review: Johnny English Reborn
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Johnny English Reborn, the sequel to the 2003 original joins English (Rowan Atkinson) a few years later with the hapless MI7 agent on a vital mission to save the Chinese premier from a group of international assassins while being framed as a mole. How will he complete his mission? Where the first was a quality comedy that was worthy of repeated viewings, unfortunately this cannot be said of this sequel. It does have some genuinely funny moments, but most of these can be found in the trailer. Everything else is pretty much the same as the first film. Rowan Atkinson plays an inadequate agent that gets himself in the most unrealistic of situations, but somehow ends up working it all out and getting with the pretty girl. Hilarious as it was the first time around, it was all a bit too obvious to be anything more than average. Supposedly a parody of James Bond, this sequel was more like a snippet of scenes from Austin Powers. It even stole one of Austin Power’s key comedy moments when English mistakes somebody’s grandmother for an intruder. This is massively overplayed, with at least least three Grannies (including the Queen) being beaten up and hit over the head with a tray. Over-repetitiveness is never a good thing, and this definitely lost its comedic zest by the end.
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