Monday, 11 April 2011

Johnny English Reborn

Rowan Atkinson’s lovable and laughable antics are back as he reprises his role as secret agent Johnny English. This time he goes up against international assassins in order to save the Chinese premier’s life.

Okay, so we weren’t expecting a sequel, but movie goers who enjoy slapstick comedies will be thrilled. Rowan Atkinson does for Johnny English what Mike Meyers did for Austin powers, essentially mocking the whole spy genre with misinterpreted detective lingo and hilariously funny action scenes. Basically Johnny English is Mr. Bean with a gun, excluding Teddy.

According to Johnny English 2003 cost $40 Million to make, but earned only $28 Million stateside, so why make a sequel? Well, it turns out Johnny English was a huge success everywhere else, earning $161 Million worldwide, why not make a sequel? Oliver Parker directed Reborn and used a stellar support cast, including Dominic West, Gillian Anderson, Rosemund Pike and Pierce Brosnan. Gillian Anderson, best known for her role as Scully in The X Files, will be playing English’s love interest and fellow agent, if that’s not enough to make any movie fan tingle with comedic excitement, I don’t know what will.

The debonair Mr. English will be returning to the UK’s silver screen on the 7th of October 2011, it is not yet known when it will be released in South Africa, but be assured every Pink Panther, Naked Gun and Austin Powers fan will be on the look out.

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