Johnny English Strikes Again, 6.91/10, is back for its third and latest instalment. Rowan Atkinson certainly knows how to create and maintain a character that is an instant comical archetype. Smooth, stylish and sophisticated are three things English isn’t and this film is a brilliant example of how.
MI7 has fallen victim to a cyber attack by an unknown threat that has leaked and now exposed every working agent. With every agent known to most of the world, only one man can save the UK from the continuous cyber threat. That man is none other than retired agent turned mavric geography teacher, Mr English, Johnny English (played by Rowan Atkinson). In order to capture the mastermind behind the cyber mask, English enlists the help of his old friend Bough (played by Ben Miller). As the comical duo start their mission, it quickly dawns on them that the Secret Service may have modernised since their time. With their few skills and preferred analog methods, they must overcome their modern challenges to successfully capture and stop this imminent threat.Johnny English Strikes Agains assures the same level of laughs as the likes of Austin Powers but with the novel addition that it is suitable viewing for the whole family. Completely inoffensive to everyone, from start to finish I was in stitches laughing. It’s one of those movies that once you leave the cinema and you are having your ‘post movie discussion’, you start to talk about the scenes that made you laugh the most. However, with the discussion coming to a end, it dawned upon us that we had listed almost every scene. It really is that amusing. Every skit is absurdly entertaining individually but are perfectly pulled together to create a pleasurable final feature.
Now, as always, I have heard a lot of critics tear this film apart. With reviews stating that it is very one level and didn’t deliver the punch line that they wanted. However, don’t listen to them. Go and make your own opinion: humour is subjective after all. The audience I watched this film with was in hysterics for its entirety. I can see the critics now, trying to resist laughing throughout as they note down their negative views, suppressing their childlike sense of humour. Directer David Kerr constantly kept in mind who they where aiming this film at and they certainly delivered – family fun is guaranteed.
Entertainment (of its genre): 8/10
Overall Rating 6.91/10