Johnny English Strikes Again
IMDb Rating | 6.2
Humpo Show Rating | 7.5
Starring: Rowan Atkinson, Ben Miller, Olga Kurylenko, Emma Thompson, Adam James, Jake Lacy
Director: David Kerr
Plot Summary: After a cyber-attack reveals the identity of all of the active undercover agents in Britain, Johnny English is forced to come out of retirement to find the mastermind hacker. (IMDb)
MI7 is being targeted by a massive cyber attack, exposing the identities of all its current field agents. As a result, MI7 is forced to reinstate older inactive agents in order to track down the culprits behind the attack. Among the reinstated agents is Johnny English (Rowan Atkinson).
Johnny English, the original film, is one of the films I have watched the most…ever! I remember laughing my socks off in the cinema when it came out, and I have continued to love and laugh at it when watching it on DVD and whenever it is on TV. My brother and I are able to quote it word-for-word, pretty much.
I was wary of when they decided to make a sequel, but was pleasantly surprised. And again, I was wary of what they decided they would do in a third film, and once again I was pleasantly surprised.
Every scene contains some form of slapstick shenanigans. This is the film’s strength as well as it’s weakness. There are scenes in the film such as the one in the French restaurant, an extended sequence involving virtual reality, as well as the final act, which are laugh-out-loud funny. However, every scene has humour, so there is no breathing space to take in the jokes that are being hurled at you.
Overall, you know what you’re expecting with this film. It has non-stop slapstick humour, most of which land. A little bit more weight and space between humour would have improved film dramatically, and made the comedy more memorable.
The film won’t be for everyone, but I personally really enjoyed it with its unrelentingly silly and light-hearted atmosphere throughout. The first two acts in particular stand out with their rapid-fire jokes per minute ratio – I was laughing a huge amount from beginning to end.
The Humpo Show | Richard