On Johnny English

I went to see Johnny English this afternoon, having nothing else better to do.

It’s goofy fun. It’s a spy spoof, without being so self-indulgent as the Austin Powers films. John Malkovich makes for a good “Bond villain,” and Natalie Imbruglia was solid as the platonic “Bond girl.”

The relationship between English and his assistant Bough was done rather well. English isn’t quite as sharp as the latter Edmund Blackadders, and Bough has more sense than any Baldrick or Percy.

If English has Blackadder blood in him, he tends to take more after Prince Edmund than any of the latter Blackadders. (Actually, some of the line readings reminded me more of Atkinson’s Doctor Who spoof than Blackadder, come to think of it.)

Not a bad way to spend the afternoon. 🙂

Published by Allyn

A writer, editor, journalist, sometimes coder, occasional historian, and all-around scholar, Allyn Gibson is the writer for Diamond Comic Distributors' monthly PREVIEWS catalog, used by comic book shops and throughout the comics industry, and the editor for its monthly order forms. In his over ten years in the industry, Allyn has interviewed comics creators and pop culture celebrities, covered conventions, analyzed industry revenue trends, and written copy for comics, toys, and other pop culture merchandise. Allyn is also known for his short fiction (including the Star Trek story "Make-Believe,"the Doctor Who short story "The Spindle of Necessity," and the ReDeus story "The Ginger Kid"). Allyn has been blogging regularly with WordPress since 2004.

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