• Melissa Kartini

Movie Review: Johnny English Strikes Again Indeed


  • Genre: Action/Adventure/Comedy

  • Rating: PG-13

  • Language: English

  • Subtitles: Chinese/Malay

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

Here we go again with the long gaps between movie releases. First it was "Incredibles 2", then it was "Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again". Now, it's "Johnny English Strikes Again", with the last Johnny English film being released back in 2011. It seems as though reviving old movies is the trend these days.


That said, for those who love British comedy, and especially those who love Mr Bean, this is a welcome return of a familiar face.


I don't know about you, but Mr Bean was a huge part of my childhood, as he was for many others, I'm sure. Now, let's get to it.


What is it about?

When a cyberattack reveals the identity of all active undercover agents in Britain, the Secret Service has no choice but to rely on a retired undercover agent to root out the perpetrator. Between a bunch of elderly men and the bumbling, accident-prone Johnny English (Rowan Atkinson), the Secret Service's selection of retired agents isn't great to begin with- and it only becomes worse when Johnny accidentally offs them.


Accidentally.


So with only Johnny to rely on, the Secret Service is forced to send him on a mission to track down the mastermind hacker. As a man with exceedingly few skills and next to no knowledge in modern technology, Johnny would have to pull out all the stops to catch this villain.


But come on, who needs James Bond when you've got Johnny English to come to the rescue, right? Well... Apparently just about everyone, but when Johnny's all you've got, beggars can't be choosers.


Is it worth a watch?

The best way to describe "Johnny English Strikes Again" is that it is essentially a Mr Bean movie where Mr Bean can speak. Although the "Johnny English" franchise is a thinly veiled parody of James Bond, there are obvious comedic Mr Bean elements thrown into the mix. Which is what makes "Johnny English Strikes Again" all the better for Mr Bean fans. It is, in a nutshell, their beloved character taking on the role of a spy, albeit with a (failed) suave persona.


It is not just Mr-- Johnny, however, who makes a return. Bough (Ben Miller) reprises his role as Johnny's poor righthand man, his earnest (if misguided) loyalty and straight-laced humour providing the audience with some laughs here and there.


In terms of plot, there is not much that one can say about "Johnny English Strikes Again". The film is not a deep-thinker, and the story is fairly straightforward, with Johnny on a hunt for the criminal mastermind while causing a lot of mayhem along the way, thanks to the way he attracts and creates accidents wherever he goes. It's truly a wonder that he ever got into the Secret Service in the first place.


While the plot is not anything incredibly special, the purpose of "Johnny English Strikes Again" is clear: it is simply here to entertain. And entertain, it does, with its splashes of slapstick comedy, and deadpan expressions and remarks. If you're looking for some mindless entertainment to unwind with after a long, hard day at work, "Johnny English Strikes Again" might just be it for you. Sometimes it's nice to watch something just for laughs!


"Johnny English Strikes Again" is now in cinemas!


Written by Crunch's Melissa Kartini

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