Blackadder Is A Spy The Second – Johnny English Reborn

25 11 2011

In the history of my Blog I have not done a sequel Review. While I have done both Batman Begins and The Dark Knight I did The Dark Knight first. I have also done Godzilla vs King Ghidorah and Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All Out Attack and while Godzilla vs King Ghidorah was made first Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All Out Attack was made 6 or 7 films later. So this is a first. Two film reviews chronological order of when they were made. Last Month it was Johnny English. This Month it is Johnny English Reborn (or Johnny English 2).

It has been Seven Years since the first film and the film almost replicates this by having the film set 5 years after an incident where Johnny messed up. A lot has changed in the film but the biggest change is the cast. Only one person from the original is still in it and that is Rowan Atkinson. The cast includes James Bond Girl Rosamund Pike, X-Files Star Gillian Anderson, The Wire Star Dominic West, Torchwood Star Burn Gorman, West Wing Star Richard Schiff and Blackadder Star Tim McInnerny (Darling). The film has a different tone to it than its predecessor. It has the idea of English trying to be a spy where as in the first film he was a spy although not a very good one. The several times in the film that it is trying to be a spy film and not a comedy so it is hard to get into but when the big jokes start you can’t stop laughing.

The beginning of the film shows English living with Tibetan Monks trying to forget an incident in Mozambique and training with the monks. This scene looks similar to both the training scenes in Batman Begins and early scenes in Hot Shots! Part Deux (which Rowan Atkinson did star in). English is eventually told to go back and work for MI7 which is now owned by Toshiba (hahahahaha). He is sent on a mission with another agent called Tucker (Skins Star Daniel Kaluuya) to China so they can meet up with an informant and possessor of 1 of 3 keys to a secret weapon. Before heading off to China they get some Gadgets from Darling (I did wish that Darling would get said in this film) and a voice activated Rolls Royce. The contact is killed by a cleaner and English chases one of the people working for the evil gang known as Vortex all over Hong Kong in a funny scene (hahahahaha).

While accidentally attacking Pegasus’s mother thinking it was the killer cleaner an MI7 psychologist thinks he may be telling the truth that what happened in Mozambique may not be entirely his fault and is able to help English identify the second member of Vortex. English and Tucker go to a Golf Club and talk to a Russian Guy who maybe the other guy who is then shot by the killer cleaner. They take him to a hospital in a helicopter with some impressive helicopter flying (hahahahaha) and also a reference to one of the adverts which inspired the Johnny English film in the first place (hahahahaha). The Russian dies but gives English another key and tells him that there is a mole in MI7 which English hears as vole and tucker tells him mole and so English thinks there is both a vole and a mole in MI7.

English goes to speak with another MI7 agent called Simon (the bloke from The Wire) and talks to him about the keys and tucker discovers that Simon is the Mole and English does not believe him. He gives Simon the keys and Simon then tells Pegasus that English is the third guy in Vortex, setting him up. English then runs from MI7 throughout London in Darling’s Wheelchair (hahahahaha). He goes to the psychologist’s flat and they have a Takeaway and find out what the secret weapon is, a mind controlling drug, the same thing was used in Mozambique. The psychologist and Simon go to Switzerland for the negotiations with the Chinese Premier (who the bad guys want to kill) and English is attacked in the psychologists flat by the killer cleaner. English escapes to Tuckers house and gets his help and together they go to Switzerland to stop the evil plan.

When they get there they try to get into the cable car station using a hook. English mistakes a device thinking it is the mechanism used with the hook and it is actually a distress beacon as loud as a panic alarm or smoke alarm. All the guards can hear this and set out to capture them. English and Tucker hide the beacon in the snow and it then fire’s off a flare showing the guards where they are (hahahahahahahahahaha, funniest scene). English asks Tucker to capture him so they can get into the base. They get into the base and find out that Simon plans to use Pegasus as the killer and give her the drug but they give it to English instead. English uses the lipstick gun originally meant for Pegasus and tries to shoot the Chinese Premier. English’s mind training comes into effect and tries to stop himself. Tucker manages to cut the signal communicating with English. Simon shouts at the microphone but reveals himself as the actual villain because Tucker changed the output device to the speakers. He also manages to stop English by making him dance to Word Up by Cameo. English dies from the drug but is brought back to life by a combination of the psychologist kissing him and his monk training. English chases after Simon in the cable car and finally kills him with a rocket launcher umbrella.

English is given his Knighthood back by the Queen but it turns out that the Queen is the killer cleaner in disguise. He chases after her and thinks he has captured her and starts beating her up. Some agents enter the room with the killer cleaner and English discovers that he is beating up the real Queen.

In the credits English is shown cooking the Takeaway at the psychologists flat to the tune of In The Hall Of The Mountain King.

Johnny English Reborn is an enjoyably Funny film but it is not as good as the first. It is trying to be a spy film instead of a funny film with a spy story. If it was like the first in story and how it was presented it may have been better. Also what happened to the Good Opening Theme of the original. The cast is an interesting mix of characters and you will be going through the film thinking wasn’t she in or isn’t he. Overall it is a Fun film but it could have been better but don’t let that put you off from seeing it. If you like to laugh there are points in this film where you won’t be able to stop. 


Blackadder is a Spy – Johnny English

19 10 2011

It’s quite interesting knowing about secret agents. The fact that they are supposed to be secret yet their Headquarters on the Thames can easily be seen and is a tourist attraction for anyone who passes it. Spies in movies are not very secret as they go about their job. Somehow every mission involves them killing people and having a chase scene of some kind in their big fancy car. “You see, a spy who breaks into an enemy base and kills everyone isn’t a very good spy,  any monkey can kill with a gun if it’s a very bad monkey” (Ben “Yahtzee” Croshaw, Game Damage Trailer). Well I suppose for the benefit for the film it has to be interesting because a film about someone doing paperwork will not be as good but will still get millions of awards. I am not saying Spy films are bad, I enjoy them a lot (in fact the Bond films before Daniel Craig were proper bond films and are still the best Bond films).  But every now and again it is good to see something different, a year ago SALT (not technically a spy film but it’s along the same lines) was released and was one of my top 5 films of 2010 and in 2003 Johnny English was released.

I was trying very hard to figure out how to review this and to be honest I can only describe what happens until about half way through and then it is very easy to explain.

Johnny English (played by Blackadder star Rowan Atkinson) is a man who works for MI7 (hahahahaha) and as suggested by several references is probably an ex spy who is now in charge of the car park. After all the other MI7 agents are killed he is asked to continue the job of preventing the crown jewels being stolen. English is more of a traditionalist and prefers the old ways of spying including pens with darts in them (hahahahaha). While trying to stop the crown jewels being stolen he runs into Lorna Campbell (Neighbours star Natalie Imbruglia). He then starts talking about the French host for the evening Pascal Sauvage (Con Air star John Cyrus the Virus Malkovich). Eventually everything goes dark and English pretends to fight an assailant (hahahahaha) and then discovers that the crown jewels have been stolen.

He gives a description of the assailant (hahahahaha) and then goes to look at the crime scene. A chase scene begins with English and his assistant Bough (Armstrong and Miller star Ben Miller) chasing them in a flatbed truck with an Aston Martin on it. After chasing them round London for a bit and blowing up a speed camera (hahahahaha) English arrives at a funeral after chasing the wrong hearse, he then proceeds to upset a funeral before Bough arrives to get him out of their claiming that English is called Gunter and is a Lunatic (hahahahaha).  

After finding out who the hearse drivers work for English is told to stay away from Sauvage by Pegasus (V for Vendetta Star Tim Pigott-Smith). English and Bough fight one of the Hearse drivers in the car park and then attempt to land on Sauvage’s building. Bough lands on the correct one while English lands on a different one and causes trouble inside a hospital ward (hahahahaha).

The 2 of them finally meet in the correct building and find out the evil plans of Pascal Sauvage to take over the country. English gives one of the hearse drivers muscle relaxant and accidentally gets some himself causing the 2 to fall on the floor in the films funniest scene (hahahahaha). English then arrives at a party run by Sauvage and attempts to dance with string quartet BOND playing one of the films themes in the background (hahahahaha).  English gets caught by Pegasus and is told to go home. Sauvage forces the Queen to abdicate the throne when one of the queen’s corgis is held at gun point. Lorna Campbell (who turns out to be an Interpol Agent) is given the case of spying on Sauvage and gets English to help her find out what Sauvage’s grand plan is. Together they go to France and after climbing up a toilet shoot (hahahahaha) English and Campbell (who went up the ladder) find out Sauvage’s grand plan is to turn Britain into the world largest prison. After getting caught English and Campbell escape with help from Bough.

Sauvage is about to be crowned King of England when English interrupts. After trying to prove that the Archbishop of Canterbury is a fake he then plays what he thinks is the DVD of Sauvage’s plan, instead a DVD is played of English dancing in the bathroom. English then tries to evade capture from the authorities and steals the crown from the Archbishop. Sauvage reveals that he has a Gun and forces the Archbishop to crown him. English loses the crown and just as Sauvage is about to be crowned, English falls on Sauvage causing the crown to go on English’s head and becoming the new King of England. The authorities arrest Sauvage and the Queen of England returns to the throne and give English a Knighthood. English and Campbell travel to the south of France and just before they kiss English sits on the Eject button in his car causing Lorna to eject from the car (hahahahaha).

During the film’s credits Lorna lands in a nearby swimming pool where Bough is on Holiday and the Assailant described by English earlier in the film is reading a Newspaper.

The film has lots of Funny Sequences in it. The film also contains references to Bond Films such as the name of the organization MI7 (not MI6) and an opening music piece like at the beginning of Bond Films. There is also a mention of the word Bond as in the String Quartet BOND. I would like to point out though that One Canada Square is the only building in Canary Wharf to have a pyramid-shaped roof, so in the real world it would be a lot easier to land on it and not land on the wrong building. The films theme is very good and is probably the only time that I have liked music performed by Robbie Williams.

The film is really funny and also really enjoyable with a good cast of actors. Rowan Atkinson’s character is as good as all his Comedy Characters. It’s hard to say much more on it than it’s really funny and fun to watch. If you like to laugh then you will probably enjoy this film.


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