"Parodisiacal"Review by Richard Buxton
The last decade has been a decidedly erratic one for the parody film genre, with the likes of the SCARY MOVIE franchise, SHAUN OF THE DEAD, VAMPIRES SUCK and KUNG FU HUSTLE all sitting at wildly varying positions on the critical scale. Being a source of whimsical imitation at best, the parody genre is one that never has the weight of great expectations placed upon it and is therefore one that can occasionally surprise in a number of areas. JOHNNY ENGLISH REBORN is certainly not one the greatest entries the genre in recent years, but the genre it aims to imitate and satirize is one that provides ample room for a musical score to excel. If anything, parody allows a composer to truly let loose and exploit the clichés within the themes of a film, and this is certainly prevalent throughout ILAN ESHKERI’S score for JOHNNY ENGLISH REBORN.
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