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A comedy directed by Peter Howitt, starring Rowan Atkinson, Ben Miller, John Malkovich and Natalie Imbruglia. Reviewed by SEAN BACHER.

Johnny English DVD Review

The Story:

The British Crown Jewels have gone missing: all the British spies are dead, and it’s up to Johnny English (Rowan Atkinson) to save the day. With the help of his sidekick, Bough (Ben Miller), Johnny teams up with Lorna Campbell (Natalie Imbruglia) as they go on the hunt for the mysterious disappearance. Their prime suspect is a sleazy French entrepreneur who goes by the name of Pascal Sauvage (John Malkovich). However, proving that he took the jewels is easier said than done.

What they said:

‚This hugely entertaining family movie will have you crying with laughter as you watch this unlucky secret agent attempt to save the nation he loves.‚

What we thought:

To be perfectly honest, the movie just didn’t live up to our expectations. We were quite disappointed by the shallow story and generally felt that watching the movie was more of a chore than for entertainment purposes. The comical aspect we’ve come to expect from Rowan Atkinson in the Bean series just wasn’t there: in fact, we thought the funniest actor was Pascal Sauvage with his eccentric French accent. Playing a British Spy is just not one of Rowan’s fortes.

Best Part of the movie:

Johnny English’s Aston Martin.

Worst Part of the movie:

Watching Johnny English in a short marshal arts sequence against Lorna Campbell.

DVD Features

The DVD contains English subtitles, plays for 84 minutes, and is suitable for the entire family. The Johnny English DVD provides support for 5,1 surround sound amplifiers, is enhanced for an Anamorphic Wide Screen and is compatible with a Sony Playstation or computer DVD drives.

Special Features

The Johnny English DVD contains some deleted scenes, the making of Johnny English, an observation test to see how much you remembered from the film and character statistics.

Worth a watch?

Unless you are a diehard Rowan Atkinson fan, we suggest you hang on until Johnny English hits the small screen. Fans can purchase the DVD from stores nation-wide or online at Kalahari.net.

To purchase the Johnny English DVD from Kalahari.net now, Click here.

DVD tested on a Samsung DVD-S427.

Johnny English was provided by Ster-Kinekor Home Entertainment, contact them on (011) 445-7900. Purchase it at Kalahari.net.

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