In the grand tradition of the comedic antics of Rowan Atkinson (who Canadians know best as the British buffoon Mr. Bean) comes Johnny English: Reborn, the second film in the life of the English Mi7 secret agent. The first film, which came out nearly eight years ago, was basically a spy version of Mr. Bean, with several blunt and over the top antics, foul-ups and general laughs. While it’s hard not to see Atkinson as Mr. Bean, Johnny English does afford the opportunity to forget about him now and then.
The new movie, Johnny English: Reborn, follows suit with much of the same. But as silly as it seems at times, one can’t help but laugh and some of the scenes and antics.
In the years since MI7's top spy vanished off the grid, Johnny English has been honing his unique skills in a remote region of Asia. But when his agency superiors learn of an attempt against the Chinese premier's life, they must hunt down the highly unorthodox agent. Now that the world needs him once again, Johnny English is back in action. With one shot at redemption, he must employ the latest in hi-tech gadgets to unravel a web of conspiracy that runs throughout the KGB, CIA and even MI-7. With mere days until a heads of state conference, one man must use every trick in his playbook to protect us all.
Atkinson is a master of the foul-up. He can do all wrong – from accidentally hitting a cat out the window of a high-rise to the drug-induced, lipstick, barrel-of-laughs finale in the film. While it’s still hard to imagine him as anything other than Mr. Bean, the new English film shows a more aged spy hero, complete with graying hair.
It might not be Citizen Cane, but Johnny English: Reborn sets out to do what it’s supposed to. It makes us laugh for a few moments and forget our sorrows as our hero helps save the world from those dastardly evil villians.