Friday 22 February 2019

DVD review : Johnny English Strikes Again

This half term has been fabulous - the perfect chance to unwind and do lots of fun things together as a family. We've had lots of beautiful sunshine but on one of the days that was a bit greyer and cooler, we opted for a fun DVD and popcorn day, with a copy of Johnny English Strikes Again, which was released on Digital on 4th February and on Blu-ray and DVD on 18th February, from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

The main appeal is the character of Johnny English, the much-loved accidental secret agent played by Rowan Atkinson, who will have you giggling throughout the whole film. This is the third installment in the series of comedy spy films, but if you haven't seen the others, it really doesn't matter. (There is a special box set with all three movies, if you want to play catch up - see below for the amazon deal.)

In this film, Johnny English is called out of retirement to deal with a new menace : a cyber-attack by a mastermind hacker which reveals the identity of all active undercover agents in Britain. He doesn't seem to be the ideal candidate - he is not at all up-to-date with modern technology - but in his inimitable style, he will overcome all the issues with his old-style equipment. Joining up with Bough, who was lurking in the forgotten basement of MI7, the pair head off to the south of France in Johnny's classic Aston Martin. Much chaos ensues as the pair set their sights on America’s youngest billionaire, tech giant Jason Volta, who has won over the British Prime Minister as he continues in his evil plan to gain complete control of the world-wide web.

Alongside Rowan Atkinson are numerous other big names, including Ben Miller (Paddington 2), Olga Kurylenko (Quantum of Solace), Jake Lacy (Carol) and Academy Award winner Emma Thompson (Saving Mr. Banks). For a family-friendly movie, you could do a lot worse !

Once you've seen the film, you can also settle down to watch over 30 minutes of exclusive bonus features, which include an up-close look at the carefully selected film locations and detailed sets, Johnny’s notable collection of gadgets and cars and a breakdown of the extraordinary cast, diving deeper into the legacy of everyone’s favourite hapless spy.

  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Universal Pictures UK
  • DVD Release Date: 18 Feb. 2019
  • Run Time: 85 minutes

Disclosure : We received a copy of the DVD in order to share our honest review.


  1. We watched this film in the cinema last year, and enjoyed it (though reviews were pretty bad at that time). There are some very funny moments, like when he's dancing, the school, etc.

    1. I agree ! I read the reviews after we'd seen it and I thought they were pretty harsh.


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