THE FUNNY-MAN better known for his iconic characters, Mr Bean and Johnny English, is back as the ‘spy’ who is Britain’s only hope against a new threat dooming the country and the rest of the world.
Since his last escapade with MI7, English (Rowan Atkinson) is now a geography teacher – cheekily teaching the ways of an old-school spy – at a private institution seemingly inspired by Hogwarts.
When a cyber attack exposes the identity of everyone of MI7’s active agents, the secret intelligence agency is forced to call in the retired English to save the day.
Together with faithful sidekick Bough (Miller) and spy gadgets from yester-years, English must stop the tech-advanced mastermind from breaching more of the island nation’s security systems.
In his hilarious pursuit of the bad guy, he meets the beautiful Ophelia (Kurylenko) but is clueless about this European spy’s identity – and intention.
With the cyber criminal’s character in check, his next move is to warn the prime minister (Emma Thompson), who has unwittingly played a role in the evil plan.
Johnny English Strikes Back is the third instalment of this character series, and it is what it is. It’s still essentially a comedy-action parody of the more-dramatic Bond movies.
It definitely delivers in that aspect because it’s the slapstick kind of funny that only Atkinson can pull off.
Don’t get your hopes up for a suspenseful plot because it’s so predictable and flimsy that you’d probably see right through it.
But the numerous laugh-out-loud moments make up for it, such as the baguette-wielding scene you can glimpse in the trailer.
It’s more of a nostalgic movie to enjoy for anyone who grew up watching and loving Atkinson’s Mr Bean and Johnny English roles.
But then again, Atkinson’s slapstick portrayal might just result in a new generation of fans for Johnny English.