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Film Review: Johnny English Strikes Again

Director:    David Kerr

Cast:    Rowan Atkinson, Olga Kurylenko, Emma Thompson, Jake Lacy, Ben Miller

Rating:    PG

Running Time:    89

Australian Distributor:     Universal Pictures Australia


JOHNNY ENGLISH STRIKES AGAIN is the third film in the Johnny English series and follows Johnny English, who is now retired from MI7 and teaching Geography and spy tactics on the side. He is now called back into action.  

When a group of other ex-agents, played by legendary actors Charles Dance and Michael Gambon, are taken out of action, the fate of the world rests on the shoulders of English. With the MI7 now a hotbed of technology and OH&S guidelines, Johnny English takes a more analogue, old school approach, favouring a gas guzzling Aston Martin over a standard issue hybrid and a simple pistol over more high-tech gadgets.

Bumbling his way around the south of France on the trail of the cyber hacker, with his trusty sidekick Bough (Ben Miller), English crosses paths with the beautifully Bond-named Russian, Ophelia Bulletova (Olga Kurylenko). Back in England, more cyber attacks are bringing the country to its knees. The desperate PM enlists the help of Silicon Valley genius and Zuckerberg-alike Jason (Jake Lacy) who promises to undo the damage form these attacks with his company’s computer software.

JOHNNY ENGLISH STRIKES AGAIN is an excuse for Atkinson to get up to his old tricks and slapstick his way through every scene he’s in, bringing an affable charm and roguish arrogance to his role as the spy who thinks he’s more Bond than bumbling idiot. It’s also fitting that he takes a more 60s spy approach to his role, as that’s about the era most of the jokes in this film originated.

That’s not to say JOHNNY ENGLISH STRIKES BACK isn’t funny, it certainly has some scenes that made me laugh, a virtual reality tour of an estate that goes horribly wrong and a dance sequence quite literally on speed definitely created plenty of chuckles from myself and especially the large amount of younger kids in the audience.  

This is very much a ‘leave your brain at the door’ film, if you go in wanting a hard hitting action film and a strong plot, you’re going to be disappointed. If you’re after something that’s easy to watch and have an hour and a half to fill, this would be a good recommendation.



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