Johnny English Strikes Again Movie Ending Explained (In Detail)

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Rowan Atkinson takes on the role of the clumsiest secret agent in film history for a third time and delivers JOHNNY ENGLISH – YOU ONLY LIVE THREE TIMES Surprisingly the best part of the series. We reveal more about this in our review.

The Plot Summary

The digital world is all zeros and ones – and Johnny English (Rowan Atkinson) is definitely not one. An attack by a mysterious hacker (Jake Lacy) exposes all British undercover agents. Only Johnny English, who has so far been able to successfully resist digitalization due to his lack of skills, remains. The British Prime Minister (Emma Thompson) has no choice but to reactivate the spy who has so far botched every mission. With his uncompromisingly analog methods, Johnny English and his colleague Bough (Ben Miller) become the last hope of Her Majesty’s Secret Service…

Movie explanation of the ending

The one represented by “Mr. Bean” famed Brit Rowan Atkinson has always remained true to his image as a comedy actor on the big screen. Only on television, currently in the numerous film adaptations of the crime series “Kommissar Maigret”, can you see the County Durham-born mime outside of his preferred profession. The role of Johnny English, which Atkinson is now playing for a third (and rumored to be final) time after 2003 and 2011, originally comes from a commercial for the credit card company Barcleycard and has developed since its beginning with “The Spy Who Spent It”. A role that Atkinson himself valued so highly that he played a key role in the production process of “Johnny English – You Only Live Three Times” through his willingness to embody English a third time. If the third part is actually the conclusion of the film series, it has hit the 63-year-old actor quite well. “You Only Live Three Times” is the best part of the series so far – also because the director David Kerr, who prefers to work on series (“Fresh Meat”) and screenwriter William Davies (“How to Train Your Dragon”) In addition to all their clumsiness, they finally show their screen heroes the respect that Johnny English deserves as an investigator.

As Prime Minister, Emma Thompson has to rely on secret agent Johnny English, once again portrayed by Rowan Atkinson.

The first two “Johnny English” parts were intended to be a “James Bond” satire, but if one is honest, the filmmakers Peter Howitt (“The Spy Who Spilled It”) and Oliver Parker (“Only Now right!”) gave their audience what they were already used to from Rowan Atkinson’s star role as the full-time idiot Mr. Bean: The storylines in which the bumbling spy saved the world more badly than well were primarily there to to link large-scale slapstick escapades in a reasonably chronological manner. It worked quite well in part one, but in the second film it just seemed like a tired rehash until it finally started to get downright boring. With the jump in quality from part two to three, one would easily assume that there was a change behind the scenes, but author William Davies also wrote the scripts for the previous “Johnny English” films. However, the seven-year break between the second and third parts, during which he only wrote the script for “Puss in Boots,” clearly paid off; his new script seems so fresh and naive. This starts with the story about a hacker attack on the British secret service, from which the biggest gags arise from the fact that such a long-established gentleman spy like Johnny English simply has no online affinity at all. And so a digital immigrant and the globally connected world collide, which brings to light some outstanding comedy moments.

It is already hinted at in the trailer, and in the full length of the film it is one of the big highlights: When English accidentally makes half of London unsafe with virtual reality glasses, wild physical humor and a precise production merge, because it is simply great cinema , like cameraman Florian Hoffmeister (“Mortdecai – The Part-Time Crook”) and the editing duo of Tony Cranstoun (“That will not last a year..!”) and Mark Everson (“Paddington 2”) Here we cut back and forth between the virtual world, in which English “accidentally” puts all sorts of bad guys out of action, and the real one. Even those who don’t know what to do with such gags will have to recognize how much heart and soul goes into such scenes due to the elegance of the production. This ultimately also applies to some other slapstick moments, such as an absurd chase with the opaque Ophelia (Olga Kurylenko) or a visit to a restaurant that goes out of control, at the end of which the establishment goes up in flames. English also encourages us to think about whether the term “dancing for a living” shouldn’t perhaps become part of all of our vocabulary. “You Only Live Three Times” is full of crazy ideas for every kind of joke and, unlike a lot of modern US comedies, none of it takes place below the belt. This seems so refreshing and, like the protagonist himself, almost out of time, that you can forgive the film for some less successful punchlines in which the timing is unfortunately not quite right.

Of course, all sorts of things go wrong during Johnny’s investigation.

Aside from the investigation, which is more amusing than really exciting (the case itself is very easy to understand), the script no longer turns Johnny English into just an idiot who jumps from one bum to the next, but also a thoroughly capable spy, although not It is always very clear whether his skills arise from chance or are actually there. But this much is certain: in the end, it is all thanks to Johnny that the world was once again saved from an evil villain. This nice sleazy one from Jake Lacy (“Rampage – Big Meets Bigger”) The embodied cyber terrorist has no more significant motivation than most of the usual Hollywood villains, but at least his plan would work even without the numerous comedy interludes from Rowan Atkinson and his many colleagues. On the one hand, this is due to the cleanly executed effects: the action scenes, close fights and chases all look high quality. On the other hand, the strong actors contribute a large part to the solid appearance of “Johnny English 3”. Atkinson always steals the show from Emma Thompson (“Child welfare”), the Prime Minister, who is desperate for composure, tries to bring order to the chaos and is reluctant to resort to the help of Johnny English, who she believes is so inept. Ben Miller (“The Incredible Journey of the Fakir”) I like English’s colleague, who always keeps things grounded, and Olga Kurylenko (“The Man Who Killed Don Quixote”) The beautifully smart Ophelia acts so aloof until the end that you constantly doubt her intentions.

Conclusion: A solid espionage plot, a well-rounded cast and harmoniously staged slapstick that never goes below the belt – “Johnny English – You Only Live Three Times” is so harmless and likeable in its humor that it is a real exception in the comedy segment , even if it lacks surprise here and there.

“Johnny English – You Only Live Three Times” can be seen in USA cinemas nationwide from October 18th.

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