Johnny English Reborn

It isn’t good, and it isn’t particularly smart, but Johnny English Reborn is amiable enough, and it is a slight improvement over the first flick in the spy-spoof series from 2003—not that that’s saying much. Rowan Atkinson portrays English, a British secret agent who stumblebums his way to last-minute, world-saving victories over madmen of all stripes. When James Bond was a joke character—or at least before the dark Daniel Craig reinvention—there was room for this kind of spoof. But these days, a character pointing out how outdated the pun-ridden, gadget-heavy Bond universe is seems outdated itself. For this adventure, English is tracking down a band of rogue intelligence agents who are looking to assassinate the premier of China. Funny premise, right? There are two sequences that get genuine laughs, but that’s not exactly worth your $10.

Credits

Director:

  • Oliver Parker

Cast:

  • Rowan Atkinson
  • Gillian Anderson
  • Dominic West
  • Rosamund Pike
  • Daniel Kaluuya
  • Richard Schiff
  • Tim McInnerney
  • Burn Gorman
  • Pik-Sen Lim
  • Mark Ivanir
  • Togo Igawa
  • Christina Chong
  • Joséphine de La Baume
  • Stephen Moore
  • Lobo Chan
  • Williams Belle
  • Janet Whiteside

Producers:

  • Tim Bevan
  • Eric Fellner
  • Chris Clark
  • Rowan Atkinson
  • Liza Chasin
  • William Davies
  • Debra Hayward

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