As a somewhat strange child, I loved Rowan Atkinson’s Mr. Bean television series. That one bit where he tries to eat lunch in the park? Killed me as a tot. Which is to say, that series was pretty much the pinnacle of Rowan Atkinson’s humor, at least for me. And, no, we don’t speak of the Mr. Bean movie (just Bean!) in this house. What, Mr. Bean’s Vacation? You shut your mouth when you’re talking to me. But Bean isn’t Atkinson’s only inscrutable character crafted from limited intelligence, raised eyebrows, and the driest of British humor. There’s also Johnny English, Rowan’s idiot special agent character.
And now he’s back for another adventure! Which, I’m pretty sure that no one asked for, but the first film did make a staggering $160m at the box office (worldwide, naturally). Thus, we get Johnny English Reborn, another outing for the world’s dumbest spy. It’s not quite shaking, and I’m definitely not stirred.
Check out the trailer after the break, and remember the Bean glory days, like that time he got his wee car stuck in the car park.
The trailer does have, admittedly, a couple of funny bits, thanks to Atkinson’s trademark deadpan delivery. That joke about his grandmother alone carried me through another thirty seconds of uninspired spoof, but that still isn’t a great ratio for a comedy film.