[Last Film I Saw] Johnny English Reborn (2011)

Johnny English Reborn poster

Title: Johnny English Reborn
Year: 2011
Language: English, Mandarin
Country: USA, France, UK
Genre: Comedy, Adventure
Director: Oliver Parker
William Davies
Hamish McColl
Neal Purvis
Robert Wade
Music: Ilan Eshkeri
Cinematography: Danny Cohen
Rowan Atkinson
Gillian Anderson
Rosamund Pike
Daniel Kaluuya
Dominic West
Tim McInnerny
Pik Sen Lim
Richard Schiff
Togo Igawa
Mark Ivanir
Stephen Campbell Moore
Burn Gorman
Rating: 5.5/10

I have an ambivalent guilty compassion that rating a not-so-spectacular 6 out of 10 and actually I did enjoy nearly every minute of the film in the cinema! Probably the chief reason is that I always rate films after a second thought, usually one day after, which I suppose could avoid emotional bias as much as possible.

So, since this reboot JOHNNY ENGLISH project surpasses an eight year stint and our well-liked Mr. Bean is over 56, a rather dangerous age for a special agent, I highly doubt Rowan would have a third chance to take on the tuxedo and rescue the world. A mixed feeling is that however funny it is, maybe it’s too cruel to watch Mr. Bean keep entertaining us with his hoary hair.

Speaking of the film, it starts with a ACE VENTURA: WHEN NATURE CALLS (1995) parody in Tibet, then imaginably mocking a Mr. Bean’s version of 007 just as his precedent did in 2003, this time, even equipped with a former bond girl Rosamund Pike (DIE ANOTHER DAY 2001), who, aligns with other stereotyped supporting characters, employs an effectual deadpan performance which counteracts Rowan’s slapsticks into a sizable equilibrium.

The British humor is ubiquitous and a senile lady assassin antic could be miraculously enduring for being put into practice twice, not unexpected, but one just cannot stop giggling. As a Chinese, one irksome blemish is the so-called Chinese Prime Minister speaks a lousy Cantonese-Mandarin, which downgrades the film a bit for its amateur verisimilitude.

ps: it is the first film i watched in Prague, it’s a blessing for me to find the possibility to watch it without being dubbed.


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