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Johnny English Reborn Review

Catching up with nearly a decade between the first and second feature, Johnny English Reborn settles the absence of spy parody with a bloated and belated sequel. There was little calling for the return of a man who once saved England from John Malkovich, but here he is, back in the field. The issue is not so much in the return of English but the changing times they try and adapt him to. It is far too easy to assume these changes will be remiss and ignored by Rowan Atkinson’s leading role, but they make far larger an effect than first expected. Growth of the parody character is not expected. The great pull of Austin Powers was the characters lack of change. The greater pull of Johnny English Reborn is that literal rebirth of a bumbling spy who turns up with confidence and gusto.

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