Johnny English Reborn (Blu-ray + DVD)
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The first good joke was the "Toshiba" sponsor sign for MI-7 secret services. The humor is more than just slapstick. Rowan Atkinson combines the sophistication and intellect of James Bond with the zaniness of Peter Sellers. Indeed, for those who loved Peter Sellers would also enjoy Atkinson who doesn't attempt to copy Sellers, but rather create a character in his own style reminiscent of the master. The early scene with the cat had me laughing out loud at the classic style of Atkinson.
English is aided by agent Tucker (Daniel Kaluuya), a sidekick that has his own failings. Excellent use of the sound track. Worth seeing. Simply hilarious.
Good family movie for the older kids. Imagine a good comedy without all that crude humor (okay it has some kicks to the groin). No f-bombs, sex, or nudity.
Some of the jokes are out of date - his sparring with Gillian Anderson's unimpressed spymaster, all impeccable but monotonous pronunciation, is like a flat rewrite of Judi Dench's scenes in GoldenEye that's 16 years too late - but there's plenty that does raise a smile or the odd laugh, not least a particularly well-executed parkour chase scene across the rooftops and along the dockside of Hong Kong where the joke is that, despite obvious audience expectations, English's ineptitude constantly fails to materialise as he never puts a foot wrong and repeatedly outthinks a killer with a minimum of effort.Read more ›
Five years after the original Johnny English, Johnny (Rowan Atkinson), sporting a lovely silvering head of hair, is in a Buddhist monastery in Tibet studying wu-shu and meditating. There is one more discipline he is practicing, and you'll know it when you see it, which is horrific but is a real discipline some monks practice. Of course anything Atkinson does produces instant howls of laughter. Most of my British friends begin laughing out loud upon hearing his name.
That is well-earned star power my friends!
Through his lama/master, "MI 7" recalls Johnny to root out a mole (shades of Le Carré's Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy: A George Smiley Novel). This film departs from the original JOHNNY in several ways, which I will leave for you to discover because it is mostly quite brilliant. Lots of it, in typical Atkinson fashion, is not so much in the belly-laugh category as in the wonder-awe-inspiring mode. A bit like Buster Keaton.
You won't be seeing a kung fu extravaganza here, but let's just say Johnny knows how to avoid fights and other difficulties with a panache that is literally unmatched in cinema. THIS would make real life evildoers quake in their boots.Read more ›
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Great movie, everything was clean and neat. Completely new DVD Case, and a very cheap price.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
way better than the first one- it made me laugh alot. I wish there were a third.Published 2 months ago by Pilot Residential
Rowan Atkinson got old but he is still funny and hilarious as hell in this movie! Would watch this over and over again.Published 3 months ago by Laura M. Baker