Impeccably Dressed, Undoubtedly Funny
Director: Oliver Parker
Cast & Crew: Rowan Atkinson, Rosamund Pike and Dominic West
Plot: Rowan Atkinson returns to the role of the accidental secret agent who doesn’t know fear or danger. In his latest adventure, the most unlikely intelligence officer in Her Majesty’s Secret Service must stop a group of international assassins before they eliminate a world leader and cause global chaos.
English had been dismissed from the MI7 following an incident which, due to English’s negligence, caused the death of the Prime Minister of Mozambique. English is now in Tibet, training under a monk trying to get better at what he does, or rather at what he had done. The training is hard, but English is not one to give up so easily. Physical hardships are no match to the mental calm that he tries desperately to maintain all through the training. His master has a calling from above, and though he considers that English is not yet completely ready, he tells him to go back to London, where the MI7 want him on board as he’s the only agent that their ‘guy’ will talk to.
English joyously arrives in London and is escorted to the Secret Service headquarters, ironically sponsored by Toshiba (Spying … For You).While being the man who always gets caught in the wrong situations, English is briefed on the new threat to the Prime Minister by some secret organization located in Hong Kong; they are known be a group of deadly assassins. English flies to Hong Kong to meet up with an ex-MI7 agent, Titus Fisher, who tells English that he actually is a part of the organization, called Vortex, consisting of three people, each of whom have a part of the key that contains the thing that they plan to use to kill the Prime Minister.
Bumbling and fumbling, as we have always loved him to be, English witnesses the death of the ex-agent, innocuously leads the killer to safety before realizing that she was the killer, loses the first part of the key, goes on to retrieve the second part of the key, and manages to get it this time, but unfortunately gets the second man in the Vortex killed in the process.
While the story is simple in its structure, it is impossible to miss the fun and comic timing of Rowan Atkinson, possibly one of the most versatile actors that I’ve seen. His expressions, and the smoothness that he puts into his imitation of 007 is simply hilarious and he turns out to be more of an Inspector Clouseau (of the Pink Panther fame) without too much of the senseless comedy that happens there. His acting is so believable, and you would almost always know what he would say next, but it still leaves you laughing almost every couple of minutes.
Verdict: If you’re thinking that this weekend might be dull, this one could just make it a lot more fun. A hundred minutes of pure fun that will definitely leave you wanting more.