Watch Johnny English Reborn
- 1 hr 41 min
Johnny English Reborn is a 2011 action-comedy film directed by Oliver Parker and starring Rowan Atkinson, Rosamund Pike, and Dominic West. It follows the misadventures of English, a clumsy and bumbling British spy who gets assigned to a new mission after a failed mission in Mozambique. The movie begins with English hiding in a remote part of Asia, training with monks to achieve a higher level of focus and self-control. He is then suddenly called back to London by his boss, Pegasus (Gillian Anderson), who informs him that MI7 has been hacked and that the confidential identities of all British spies have been compromised. Four of the spies have been assassinated, and English is now the sole remaining spy who can help solve the case.
English is assigned to work with agent Tucker (Daniel Kaluuya) to track down the identity of the hacker, who is believed to be connected to an assassination attempt on the Chinese premier. Along the way, English makes a number of mistakes and causes chaos, much to the embarrassment of MI7.
The two agents travel to Hong Kong, where they meet with MI7's counterpart, the Hong Kong secret service. Here, English meets an old flame, Kate Sumner (Rosamund Pike), who is now working as a behavioral psychologist for the organization. However, despite her assistance, English remains oblivious to the fact that the traitor is actually his former colleague, Agent Simon Ambrose (Dominic West), who had turned against MI7 after being passed up for promotions.
In classic Johnny English style, the spy's well-meaning attempts to crack the case frequently result in disaster. This ranges from losing his pants in the men's room to accidentally knocking over various objects that lead to a disturbed peace. Most notably, the climax of the movie includes an incredibly humorous showdown in a Chinese tower, where English pretends to be mentally unstable to evade his enemies and discovers clues leading to his discovery of the traitor.
Throughout the movie, Atkinson portrays English with his signature comedic style, which forms the core of the film's humor. The witty dialogue and slapstick moments are well-timed, providing a balance of humor without becoming over-the-top. The supporting actors also manage to carry their characters well. Rosamund Pike shines as English's love interest and proves her comedic acting skills throughout the film.
The action sequences in the movie are impressive and frequently over-the-top, but in a way that never takes itself too seriously. Some scenes border on the ridiculous, such as a car chase on a Chinese mountainside that involves an umbrella and a Rolls Royce. However, the scenes are so well-choreographed that they remain entertaining and hilarious, rather than eye-rolling.
Overall, Johnny English Reborn is a hilarious action-comedy that breathes new life into the character of Johnny English. It is a charming, fast-paced, and entertaining film that pleased both fans of the original movie and newcomers alike. At its heart, the film is a lighthearted spy spoof that never takes itself too seriously - much like its titular character, Johnny English himself.
Johnny English Reborn is a 2011 crime movie with a runtime of 1 hour and 41 minutes. It has received mostly poor reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.3 and a MetaScore of 46.