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|Original title:||Johnny English strikes again|
|Production country:||Großbritannien 2018|
|Running time:||Ca. 88 min.|
|Rated:||From 6 years|
Great excitement at the British secret service MI7: A hacker attack exposed all agents in the field service. And this a few days before the G12 summit to be held in the United Kingdom. Now help is needed and the Prime Minister (Emma Thompson) has only one choice: she has to reactivate Johnny English (Rowan Atkinson), who now works as a teacher. Since a lot has changed since his last assignment, it doesn't take long for Agent English to move from one fat face to the next, leaving a lot of chaos and destruction behind. And yet, in his inimitable way, he succeeds in finding out what the mastermind behind the hack is all about. But can he also put a stop to his work before he turns his diabolical plan into reality?
For Rowan Atkinson, the agent persiflage around Her Majesty's greatest fool is a real heart project. Although both parts were respectable successes, they really weren't the big hit at the international box offices. There comes "Johnny English - Man lebt nur Dreimal" quite surprising. Especially since part 2 belongs to the weakest works of Atkinson. However, it might also be surprising that the third appearance of the scatterbrained agent is really good entertainment and can deliver some really wonderful laughs.
However, it must also be said that Atkinson and director David Kerr sometimes stole quite unrestrainedly from other masters of the comic subject. Some moments are even almost 1:1 copies of scenes known from "The Naked Cannon" or films by Peter Sellers. But even if some gag was copied and generally not every laugh hits the bull's eye, it doesn't change the fact that "Johnny English - Man lebt nur Dreimal" has become a very funny comedy in which Rowan Atkinson is allowed to fully play his talent for facial expressions and physical comedy. Hardly any other actor can look so wonderfully convinced of himself, while chaos breaks out around him.
Ob the wonderful sequence, which shows that English could never give up his real passion as a teacher, or his attempts to bewitch the beguiling Ophelia (Olga Kurylenko) are just as much a highlight of the film as the performances of Emma Thompson, who is simply great as a desperate prime minister. Those who liked the first use of Johnny English will also get their money's worth in part 3. Yes, the film is far from becoming a classic of its genre. But if you are offered some moments for your entrance fee, in which you can (almost) laugh tears, then this deserves to be seen.
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