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Johnny English

Published October 30, 2011

Johnny English

Film info

  • Title Johnny English
  • Director Peter Howitt
  • Year 2003
  • Run time 1hr 28m
  • Genres Adventure, Comedy, Action
  • Tagline He knows now fear, he knows no danger, he knows nothing

When the priceless Crown Jewels are stolen, bumbling Johnny English is the only Secret Agent in the country who can solve the crime. His prime suspects: a sinister businessman and a beautiful woman with a mysterious interest in Johnny's top-secret mission. Can the clueless super spy save the day without denting the nation's pride... or his super-cool Aston Martin spy car?

Background Info

I think the whole Johnny English thing passed me by first time round, I really wasn’t that aware of it until the new trailers appeared for the sequel. I quite liked the look of the new one, so it made sense to catch up with the first. I thought it was going to be pretty silly, but there’s nothing wrong with that!

Live Blog

TimeComment

1:24 - A squeezy toy instead of a hunk of meat, that works. 4:36 - That whole opening sequence made me chuckle far too much. 4:52 - All their MI7 agents look the same. 5:25 - I like their premise for him being the only agent. 8:50 - Would the royal family take sponsorship to redo their crown jewels? Better than the taxpayer funding it, I suppose. 10:08 - Yay, Natalie! 11:00 - “A Bloody Mary, not too spicy.” That’s his martini. 14:04 - He has a pretty good French accent, that Malkovich chap. 18:11 - Mmmm, nice car. Although he said: “Never mind about the gadgets, just focus on the case.” What kind of spy film would that be? 23:11 - Oh no, the car! 25:22 - Wouldn’t you be a bit suspicious if you saw a hearse doing moves like that with a coffin in the back? 31:26 - I think there should be a Bean and Miller show, as well as Armstrong. 32:47 - 327 convictions between them! 35:36 - Bough is pretty good, it’s a wonder he wasn’t made an agent before. 38:04 - Why do people rub their chopsticks between their hands? 39:06 - That happened in Miranda! 40:15 - Presumably they have to tell us the plan because it’s not going to go well. 42:07 - There are two identical looking buildings. That can only go well. 45:43 - I like that he got over the shame very quickly. 50:58 - Does everyone wear smart suits under their spy gear? 55:15 - Aww, the spy always gets taken off the case. 59:40 - I’m embarrassed at how much I laughed at the jacket in door thing. 1:05:15 - There’s always time for a shower, even in the middle of a mission. 1:09:15 - Ooh, Chris Tarrant on London FM. Makes a change. 1:12:11 - Aww, I never saw Concorde do a flypast with the Red Arrows. 1:17:17 - That couldn’t have gone more wrong. 1:22:24 - High treason comes with the death penalty?

Conclusions

I really, really enjoyed it. I said at the top I thought it was going to be silly, and it was, but it wasn’t too crazy which can sometimes put me off. I was laughing almost from the very beginning - the opening credits where he gets lost. I liked that a lot of the “jokes” were unexpected, even if they had some pretty obvious build up. Rowan Atkinson was excellent, and it was fun seeing Natalie Imbruglia. I don’t think it’s worthy of a 5, but I liked it very much.

Rating: 4/5

Rating: 4 / 5

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