Johnny English Strikes Again
Out Now On-Demand
His licence... renewed. His intelligence... restricted.
Rowan Atkinson returns to save the world, for the third time, as secret agent buffoon Johnny English. When a cyber-attack reveals the identity of all active undercover agents in Britain, English is the secret service’s last hope. Called out of retirement, and with few skills and analogue methods, he must overcome the challenges of modern technology to track down the hacker.
- David Kerr(TV's 'That Mitchell and Webb Look')
Rating: PG Violence & coarse language
If you liked the first two, here’s another. If you didn’t, well you should know better by now. This being the third instalment in the kids' comedy spy-spoof series says a lot for the enduring engagement of family-friendly slapstick.There’s little new here that Peter Sellers’ Inspector Clouseau didn’t trip over in The Pink Panther, or Leslie Nielsen didn’t knock down in The Naked Gun, but the script sticks to the slapstick schtick.
As the titular agent, Rowan Atkinson again brings Johnny English a puffed-up and wholly misplaced sense of confidence, despite his character’s innate clumsiness and woefully inadequate skills. Far less cuddly and sweet than Mr Bean, Atkinson imbues his spy with oodles of comic arrogance but third time around the tropes have become clichés, and the pratfalls and misunderstandings predictable and uninspired.
The most fun for grown-ups comes in the form of Emma Thompson playing the Prime Minister as, in what passes for a plot, Johnny English is forced out of retirement to hunt down a hacker who has revealed the identities of every undercover agent in the British Secret Service–leaving Johnny their worst best hope.
Director David Kerr keeps it fast-paced fun, with the jokes piling up and the physical comedy crashing down in an instantly forgettable franchise finale. Yet, Atkinson and his fellow cast go at it with an admirable energy, and there’s plenty of innocent fun and giggles to be had for young ones happy to laugh at the self-important adults slipping, tripping and falling over themselves to be funny.
The Age (Australia)
Stuff.co.nz (Graeme Tuckett)
English's still got it, but everything else doesn't.
It has glimmers of (actual) comedic moments, but fails to deliver any form of originality or connection whilst relying mainly on the talents of Atkinson.
Funny in parts but time to let this series die
As a big fan of the first two Johnny English films, I was really looking forward to this. While there were the usual very funny bits (especially for those of us who love British slapstick), it felt like that this was carrying the Johnny English series too far. The plot was utterly ludicrous, and while they took a while to establish the situation and villain, towards the end it felt like it suddenly jumped to the final shakedown. It was nice to have Johnny's sidekick character back (after he was absent in Johnny English Reborn). The actors did their very best but it really didn't seem to be a great script. The best bit for me was tricks he was teaching his prodigees in the classroom (and no I don't really think that's a spoiler)
Johnny is a pompous prick
Johnny English is such a horrible person - he takes the credit away from others and really is completely incompetent. Difficult to watch the film as it was so cringy. I did laugh really hard during the restaurant scene with the lobster though.