Although nothing can beat the exceptional first movie, Johnny English: Reborn at least managed to almost equal it. Some scenes were simply hilarious- for example, the scene in which Johnny and his assistant are trying to find the mole in MI7 in a restaurant toilet and are interrupted by an elderly gentleman needing the toilet. Genuis.
And I can’t doubt the acting abilities of the cast- Rowan Atkinson, Daniel Kaluuya and Dominic West all play their parts with perfect comedic timing and flourish.
However, the script wasn’t always as tight as it could have been and the laughs were sometimes a little obvious.
The only other complaint was that actually, had it not been a lighthearted spy comedy, it could very well be a sinister horror movie. A key part of the plot is that a female Chinese assassin keeps trying to kill Johnny English by following him, pretending to be a cleaner. We can hear her ominous hoover, vacuuming away shortly before we see her, building up the tension. She then strikes and lunges herself into violent attempts to kill him. Obviously, it’s all very funny and a bit slapstick during the fight scenes but gets a little repetitive after a while.
Overall, I can’t say that it beats the original, but Johnny English: Reborn certainly has its moments and I would recommend it as a relaxed, family comedy.