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Review: Johnny English Reborn

I absolutely love the film Johnny English. I’ve seen it so many times I can quote the entire film verbatim (while watching it; I’ve never tried to do it while I’m not watching it, although I suspect I could do if I tried it). So I was stoked when I heard that there was going to be a sequel. My expectations were slightly dampened when I heard Ben Miller could not reprise his role as Bough, but I thought it would be ok providing they could get somebody in who would perform the same role just as well as he could.

After weeks of putting off seeing it I finally saw it yesterday. I was, unfortunately, very disappointed. It’s more in the vein of Daniel Craig’s Bonds rather than the old Bonds, which is what the first film was based on (since it came out in 2003). As such it has to include a lot more complicated elements, which meant that there is more time devoted to plot twists and ergo serious moments. This is in stark contrast to the first film, which had a simple story which left a lot of room for comedy. In addition, the comedy seems quite lazy, which I did not find very funny. It doesn’t help that none of the original writers were involved in writing the story this time.

I think that the main problem was that in this film he’s actually good at combat. This means there’s not much room for the type of physical comedy Atkinson is great at, which was present in the first film. The other one was the lack of chemistry between Atkinson and his new partner; the first film was so good because it had Bough there to be a foil to English’s incompetence, whereas here English is the master while Tucker is competent, though inexperienced. There is no dynamic between them and any interaction between them falls flat.

All in all it seems they did not write it in a way that played to Atkinson’s strengths, which lets the whole thing down. It gets bogged down in plot when it should focus on comedy, and it repeats jokes that weren’t that funny in the first place (such as beating up various old women). Overall, I thought it was a lazy follow-up to a very good comedy film. I hope they do not do a sequel. Especially if they cannot return to the same dynamic as in the first.

[Crowdsourcing] What Film To See

Okay, today I have a dilemma. I am thinking of going to the cinema with my girlfriend this weekend but I don’t know what to see. I know that comedy/romance/romantic comedy is the best bet for dates, so I’ve narrowed it down that far. I was hoping to ‘crowdsource’ (okay, perhaps that’s too fancy a concept to describe this bit of advice-asking, but it might make more people view this post and put down their advice) a resolution.

So, if you could read this list of films and post your advice on which I should see with my girlfriend in the comments section, that would be great! Thanks.

I must say, reading those wikipedia articles on them, I am leaning towards Friends With Benefits now. However, your advice is still very welcome so I can be sure I’m making the right decision!

Another Good Night

Me and J-O had another nice night watching a movie together (Megamind). Not as good as the last one but it lifted my spirits at least – for the time anyway. But once she’d gone to bed, I realised I’m still sat here alone, she’s still hundreds of miles away. It’s times like these when I wonder if it was all worth it. Before her, I was lonely, sure. But not this lonely. I didn’t have the hope that somebody would come along and be with me; in many ways that was comforting. To know I’d always be alone, to not get my hopes up that I would find somebody. I could get on with my life.

But then I think, although I may feel lonelier than ever sometimes, at least I have times – sometimes quite sustained – where I’m very happy. I think that in many ways I’d rather be really sad sometimes and really happy sometimes, then sad most of the time and kind of happy only very occasionally. I don’t know really. I can only hope that we can be together one day soon, that all this deep loneliness will have been worth it. That I can finally be happy.

Such A Great Evening

Here’s the reason why I was happy and so hadn’t been writing here for 9 days:

On Saturday me and J-O had a great evening. We decided to watch the film Despicable Me. So we did the usual: we went on audio chat and played the movie at the same time to ensure we were watching the exact same bit (we did have to correct it every so often though, because I think her computer is slower than mine as was making it slightly slower for her, putting it out of sync).

We really enjoyed the film (even though J-O had seen it before), and it felt like we were having a great time together, almost like the old days, when we were ‘together’. This feeling continued after the film ended, because we talked about the future and how we hope everything works out. Although she didn’t say the words ‘be together’, she strongly implied it. For the next few days this feeling and affection continued. It was great. But then it was spoiled.

More about that in my next post.

Avatar 3D: The Verdict

OK, I’ll level with you: I didn’t see Avatar in 3D when it first came out. But with the whole movie industry trying to push 3D down our throats, I thought that now that Avatar 3D: Special Extended Edition is out, I’d see what all the fuss is about. This is my verdict:

Practically pointless.

OK, so I suppose I should explain why. Pandora (the planet) is a sublimely beautiful planet. It’s such a bright, vividly imagined world, so alien yet so believable. And that’s just in 2D. It’s so great in just 2D, that 3D doesn’t actually make it any more believable or engrossing. Not to mention the fact that the 3D is only really noticeable in a few scenes when there’s something small in the foreground like snow or ash. All other scenes just look the same as in the 2D version. Not to mention that 2D isn’t really 2D anyway; it doesn’t look flat, it’s just that the screen is flat – you can still see when something is in the foreground and something else is in the background.

Basically, I don’t see the attraction. Sure, the 3D is better than when you had to use the blue-and-red glasses, but it still isn’t actually that great. I don’t think it’s worth the extra money. And I think that Avatar is a brilliant film without it. In fact, I’d say the extended scenes added much more to the film than the 3D did.

So Funny and Cute

Like I said in my previous post, I went to see Kick-Ass today. It was great. It was pretty gory, which E didn’t like, although I didn’t think about that when I was watching the film. As we were walking back – me, E and several other friends of mine – E said she wasn’t feeling well, and that she was feeling cold. It was at this point she decided to link arms with me, as I was walking along beside her, so she could get warm. It was really cute, and it was a bit of a strange feeling to have her cuddling up to me like that. One of my friends that was walking with us remarked that we made a ‘cute couple’. I didn’t respond to it. It was nice of her to say, but as I’ve said before, I don’t like E in that way. And this event proved it to myself that this was the case – I didn’t get ‘excited’ (if you see what I mean). I was just content for her to be cuddling up to me as a friend, to get warm. It was completely innocent. It was really nice, really cute – E is so funny. I was just glad to have helped.

Thinking Time

I went to see Kick-Ass earlier. I loved it, it was amazing! Hit Girl and Big Daddy stole the film for sure, their scenes were absolutely amazing! As usual, I quite liked how the ‘geek’ got the girl, it gave me hope. But then I realised, I wasn’t like him at all – at least he put himself out there and tried, unlike me. After me and a few of my friends walked to the pier at the town quay, where the Hythe and Isle of Wight ferries leave, where my friends decided to catch the free bus into town. Given that it would be a long time before the free bus came, I decided it would be better for me to walk.

Living in Shirley, I estimated it would take me half an hour to get home from the pier. That half an hour, as usual when I walk home from the cinema in the evening, was a great time for thinking. Or a bad time for thinking maybe, because most of the thoughts were negative. But I did have some good ideas for some poems, which I’ll probably post in the next few days. In the end I managed to make it home in 35 mins, which was pretty good. To give you a bit of a reference, Google Maps estimates it should take 55 mins to walk that distance. Result!

I’m so sad.

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