Tag Archives: Rowan Atkinson

The Lion King: Feeling the Love

THE CIRCLE OF LIFE.  In the early 1990s, during the production of the songs for Disney’s upcoming animated adventure The Lion King, West End legend Tim Rice had been hired to write the lyrics. When his attempts to get Benny Andersson as a composing partner fell through, he turned to Elton John. The pop star … Continue reading The Lion King: Feeling the Love

Johnny English Strikes Again

HIS LICENCE RENEWED. HIS INTELLIGENCE RESTRICTED. When British intelligence is hacked and all active agents exposed, the government is forced to spring one of their old talents, Johnny English (Rowan Atkinson), back into action. The third part in this franchise came many years after the second one and makes a sometimes amusing point out of … Continue reading Johnny English Strikes Again

Keeping Mum

SOME FAMILY SECRETS ARE BEST KEPT… BURIED. When a new housekeeper (Maggie Smith) arrives in an English hamlet to work for the vicar (Rowan Atkinson) and his family, strange but not entirely negative things begin to happen. A very pleasant and cozy comedy with traditionally English streaks of darkness. The atmosphere is just right, with … Continue reading Keeping Mum

Johnny English Reborn

LAUGH AT THE FACE OF DANGER. After a major scandal sent top intelligence agent Johnny English (Rowan Atkinson) into retirement, he’s brought back several years later to stop a plot to assassinate the Chinese Premier. One could ask oneself if this sequel was worth making, but both films were box-office hits. The spy spoof stuff … Continue reading Johnny English Reborn

Black Adder: Hilarious History

At a time when Rowan Atkinson chooses to make another Johnny English, one certainly needs to be reminded of an era when he was actually funny. Those days were the 1980s and Atkinson’s pinnacle of achievement became the TV series Black Adder. Conceived by him and Richard Curtis while they were working on Not the Nine O’Clock News (1979-1982), … Continue reading Black Adder: Hilarious History

Hot Shots! Part Deux

JUST DEUX IT. When a U.S. rescue team is taken hostage by Saddam Hussein in Iraq, retired Navy veteran Topper Harley (Charlie Sheen) (now a Buddhist monk) is brought back into action. The first movie targeted Top Gun (1986) primarily, the sequel goes after the last two Rambo flicks, complete with a very welcome cameo … Continue reading Hot Shots! Part Deux

Mr. Bean’s Holiday

FRANCE DOESN’T STAND A CHANCE. Mr. Bean (Rowan Atkinson) wins a trip to Cannes; on his bumbling way to the Riviera, he befriends a Russian boy (Max Baldry). Atkinson reportedly stated that this sequel to Bean (1997) will be the character’s last appearance. Let’s hope so. Haphazardly put together, this kid-friendly comedy wants to be another Mr. Hulot’s Holiday (1953), … Continue reading Mr. Bean’s Holiday

Never Say Never Again

IF YOU HAVEN’T SEEN SEAN CONNERY IN ‘NEVER SAY NEVER AGAIN’ THEN YOU HAVEN’T SEEN JAMES BOND 007! James Bond (Sean Connery) cuts his vacation short when SPECTRE steals two nukes as part of an extortion scheme against the world. This film is not part of the official Bond series as it was made by other hands. It … Continue reading Never Say Never Again

Love Actually

ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE. Writer Richard Curtis’s directing debut is one big, loveable mess, a romantic comedy with a huge cast of people who keep falling in love with each other. There are too many of them actually, the stories are unremarkable and they don’t always mix in a satisfying way. But there are … Continue reading Love Actually