After MI7 suffers a terrible cyber attack, the identities of all current secret agents in the field who are now all revealed, and they are no longer safe. MI7 now seeks out the assistance of older spies whose identities thankfully were not disclosed by the cyber attack. One of these more former spies, now a teacher training the next generation of youth at a school, is none other than… English, Johnny English.
English is soon called back into a spy suit and fast cars as he investigates the recent cyber attack. English is also reunited with his old friend and team member, Bough (returning from the original Johnny English which started in 2003). This time, the threat to London is more significant and higher than ever before. English is now dealing with something he has never really had to deal with before: Technology!
For those who are not aware, this is a trilogy. While this is the third instalment in the trilogy, I can advise that this film can be watched without viewing the two previous chapters as these films have never really had any substantial connection with each other. I have also had the honour of seeing all the Johnny English films in cinemas since 2003. I loved the humorous concept of Johnny English, not to mention that I have always been a fan of the actor Rowan Atkinson since I was a young teenager.
Once again, the cheesy jokes are back as we watch Johnny English fumble over and over again as he tries to discover the mastermind behind the Cyberattack. Many jokes throughout the film can feel fresh, and at other times, I couldn’t help think some tricks have been reused from previous comedies or movies (or from the smash-hit TV series Mr Bean). Even when a joke is somewhat predictable, and you know the outcome for our hero Johnny English, it can still be entertaining for us to see the story all unfold.
I loved the concept here of Johnny English going up against a more significant threat, but I struggled to enjoy the main villain. I found this to be weaker compared to what we had seen previously. The film’s 3rd and final act was just a challenge to watch. Its pacing can feel jumbled up and certain moments do drag on far longer than what I thought it should have.
Overall, there are plenty of jokes to enjoy considering this is the third entry for this fumbling spy. Some tricks are new, reused and at times may feel predictable, but in the end, I cannot deny the talent of the actor and enjoy the fun these films provide for many movie lovers. Not the strongest in the series for me personally but hey, it’s still enjoyable.
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Review Written by Peter Walkden