Netflixing: Johnny English Reborn

in #movies2 years ago

Did you know that the Netflix app on most mobile devices includes a "download" option?

It's useful in a few choice situations, such as when you are 30,000 feet in the air, in coach, with no other entertainment options.

It may not be the most elegant way to Netflix, but it gets the job done...much like the particular movie I am reviewing this week. The same movie, it turns out, that I watched while traveling this past week.

Something Amiss

I have never seen the first Johnny English movie, and that one is, strangely enough, not on Netflix.

And when I say it's strange, I mean really strange, because Johnny English Reborn was only recently added to the platform, likely in connection with the third Johnny English movie now in theaters.

Netflix is often used as free advertising by movie studios. They release previous entries in a franchise to generate familiarity before launching the latest entry. So why put the second Johnny English movie on Netflix by itself?

It will forever remain a mystery.

Rowan Atkinson is Mr. Bean Johnny English

There's no denying Rowan Atkinson's acting and comedic chops. His turn on Black Adder was one of the finest performances in television history. And though the Mr. Bean movies are less impressive than the Mr. Bean television run, people still love the character.

And Johnny English is more of a Bean spin-off than anything else. He may be graced with the power of speech, and he may also be a secret agent, but at his core he's just the result of someone asking, "What if we had Mr. Bean fight criminals, terrorists, and assassins."

Like Bean, English is depicted as a kind of idiot savant---clueless in most situations, yet able to outwit smarter people because he can grasp simple ideas that they overlook.

He's also a smarmy jackanapes who is rude and prejudiced and proud of it.

The Story, such as It Is

Johnny English is an ex-spy for the top-secret British Intelligence service known as MI-7. Since his dishonorable discharge, he has been on a soul-searching mission in Tibet.

But when an ex-CIA agent contacts MI-7 about a plan to assassinate the Chinese premier, English is the only agent he will agree to meet with.

When the reclusive agent tells English that he belongs to a group of assassins known as Vortex, and that they are the ones responsible for the incident which disgraced English and cost him his job, Johnny finds himself flung into a plot involving double agents, killer cleaning ladies, and lots and lots of spy gadgets.

Honestly, the story is not highly developed. It's about as standard and dry a tale as you will find in the cloak and dagger genre. Mostly it serves to set up all the jokes. Speaking of which...

The Humor

The meat of the comedy is in sight gags. There's little in the way of jokes or performance humor.

And I admit, some of the sight gags are hilarious. They're also not particularly memorable. And I'm at a loss to describe any of them here.

There were a lot of things that made me smile, but nothing left me begging for more.

My Judgment

Johnny English Reborn is a medium movie.

It's harmless fun and never boring. But that's just not enough to be a great comedy. I don't want to see a movie that merely treads water. I want to see one that leaps out of the ocean in a giant splash. And while I can say that the good parts of the movie all could have stayed right where they were, it would have been better if there were more of them.

Still, not a bad flick, by any means. And if you're already paying for the Netflix subscription, then you might as well stick this one in your queue.

It's at least worth a single viewing.


This is great! I am a big fan of this movie! Like you said, not boring and average! But I like it! Great review and it's interesting!


Excellent review, my friend and you are right, the creators of the Johnny English Reborn could make the plot more interesting, but in general can watch the movie! Thank you @talanhorne

A classic character, this movie has to be very funny and as you say a smooth sense of humor and maybe you will feel boring 1 hours after start the film but you will finish it just for pleassure, great job with your writing. Regards

Absolutely agree with you @talanhorne, Johnny English Reborn is a good movie for medium viewing, but in order for it to fascinate with the plot, it is most likely not!

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great post my frend @talanhorne and very intiristing post

that is great :)

The story is not so interesting, but manageable. If they try more I think they can make JE 3 soon. Excellent movie review.

That's the kind of movie i would love to see this week thanks for bringing this :)

I Watched This Movie In Cinema Yesterday, It’s So Funny. Because Johnny English Doing Some Things Funny Dancing, Sneaking To Steal The Phone. Being Crazy At People. Then I Laughed So Hard At This Movie! 😂😂😂😂(Best Movie Ever!)

it's a funny movie. but not the funniest. impressively you give that detail to the audience. nice article. @talanhorne

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hey, @talanhorne.

I admit, it's been a while since I've seen the first Johnny English movie, but the way you describe the second one is more or less the same way I would describe the first one. Things that can go wrong, do go wrong, and English ends up in rather predictable situations. But because it's Rowan Atkinson, it's okay. I'm not sure why his humor doesn't translate from television to movies, but somewhere in the differences of the processes (and probably the length of each), things get lost in translation.

However, there must be enough people watching to order up a third one. I wasn't even aware that's what this latest one was. I assumed it was the second, since I've obviously missed it. I don't think I will be rushing out to get either one very soon, but could watch it if I run out of enough other movies. :)

Apparently, Johnny English Reborn was a flop at the box office. I'm not sure how a third movie was greenlighted.

Of course, Rowan Atkinson has a lot of goodwill following him around. And maybe he's just as easy to work with as he is easy to watch. I don't know. But I'm not upset that he gets to keep making these movies, if it makes him happy.

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Well introduction of Johnny English movie. That's great movie to us. Some of attacking scenes included here. I recommend to everyone this would be best movie collection. Thanks.

Finally a movie that made my wife and I laugh. Tickled the funny bone all the way through. Yet another reason to ignore the critics - go see it for yourself but be warned it is not another Marvel/DC "save the world" CGI flick (thank goodness)

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@talanhorne, I've never seen or heard Johnny English under the Netflix series. Review so clear. But I can't get better imagine without watch these movie. There are more funny created and more smiles to everyone if you watch once. Thanks your excellent review.

I really like to watch Rowan Atkinson's comedy scenes. He already did his duty of this film. I know he's talented actor cuz film sure get success. Better description @talanhorne.

But that's just not enough to be a great comedy. I don't want to see a movie that merely treads water. I want to see one that leaps out of the ocean in a giant splash.

Only professional movie review can do such judgement. Outstanding write up & a post.

Certainly a movie that is ready to shake the stomach of anyone who watches it, Dan, can't wait to watch it.

Excellent review & judgement. Made a nice article by using your writing skills. Good post.

@talanhorne - Sir I watched this movie & it's a good one... It could make people laugh... But somehow I agree with what you said Sir... Nice you decided to review this movie Sir...


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Yeah. It seems medium movie. Everything entered there. But some places not interesting to mine. Main character already acted comedy parts of movies. So I think he very deserve to comedy movies. But here's not valid of his character. It's only my opinion. Don't get upset with me. Movie review so excellent @talanhorne.


sir good Netflix series and best ideas . the wonderful writing have been fulfilled.


Johnny English is like that friend that doesn't really have a strategy to win but wins anyway and I like that

I have watched all 3 films now. Let me say this is a good film but if you expect it to be as good as the first 2 then your wrong. The story dragged and there was hardly any comedic parts.

I'm so happy that Universal is keeping this movie series alive. The first Johnny English is one of my favorite movies. I hope this one makes alot of money like the others so we can get a #4!

I've seen the movie already. It's awesome, better than the first two movies. I loved the soundtrack especially. ❤️

It is indeed a fantastic movie... The king Rowan Atkinson has done a stupendous performance.,.. full of comedies.,.. I highly recommend this movie for those who love humour...

I would definetly like to watch this funny has been my favorite character throughout my childhood.I have learnt alot of things from his movies.

Excellent review my dear friend and I love this movie very much. thank you very much for sharing . Writing is very good

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wao that is grate and intresting movie Well introduction of Johnny English movie. thanks for sharing

Great review sir i am always a great fan of your videos thank you so much.

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