Day 242 & Day 243 & Day 244 – Johnny English Reborn & Mr. Bean’s Holiday & Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer / Pop Chart Lab Scratch #13

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Movie Title: Johnny English Reborn

First Watch / Repeat Viewing

Running Time: 1 hr. 41 min.

Rated: PG

Who did I watch with?: Stephie

Where did I watch it?: Home

Review:

Johnny English Reborn returns Rowan Atkinson to his leading secret agent role. Johnny English is called back from exile in a Tibetan monastery to help prevent the assassination of the Chinese premier. He had his knighthood revoked after his gross negligence allowed for the assassination of the newly elected president of Mozambique. Instead of protecting his target he took a bath in a hot tub with a beautiful agent sent to seduce him.

He returns to London where he is sent on the trail of Vortex. Vortex is an ultra secret multi-national spy network that has a super secret method of assassination. They also employ some extremely cunning assassins. The most deadly assassin is an old women who happens to be a master of disguise. Some of the spy methods employed are absolutely hilarious, such as turning a golf bag into a Gatling gun.

The cast is even better the second time around. They drop English’s partner from the first movie and bring in a rotating cast including Gillian Anderson, Rosamund Pike, Dominic West, Tim McInnery, and Daniel Kaluuya. Benedict Wong also appears in a very small role.

Verdict:

It is a fun romp in the world of Johnny English. See it.

Tomorrow’s Movie: Mr. Bean’s Holiday (2007)

 

Movie Title: Mr. Bean’s Holiday

First Watch / Repeat Viewing

Running Time: 1 hr. 30 min.

Rated: PG

Who did I watch with?: Stephie

Where did I watch it?: Home

Review:

Mr. Bean’s Holiday returns Rowan Atkinson to his most famous movie role for the second time. In this case, he has won a vacation to the south of France in a church lottery. He is extremely excited about the trip and decides to document it all using a camcorder. He also bungles several things enormously. While trying to get his picture taken he accidentally separates a Russian film director from his son. The director believes that Mr. Bean kidnapped him.

On the way to Cannes, Mr. Bean encounters every possible problem and manages to make them all worse. He meets a beautiful woman named Sabine (Emma de Caunes) and interferes in the film of a commercial by Carson Clay played by Willem Dafoe. Once they get to Cannes, Mr. Bean’s luck changes and his trip has a charming as well as hilarious conclusion.

Verdict:

If you enjoy the antics of Mr. Bean. See it.

Tomorrow’s Movie: Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1986)

 

Movie Title: Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer

First Watch / Repeat Viewing

Running Time: 1 hr. 23 min.

Rated: UR

Who did I watch with?: Flying Solo

Where did I watch it?: Home

Review:

Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer is a deeply disturbing movie. Henry (Michael Rooker) is an ex-convict who murdered his mother. Since he was released he pathologically stalks and murders men, women, and children. He particularly enjoys butchering the ladies. Simultaneously, he attempts to conduct a serious romantic exploit with Becky (Tracy Arnold) and treats her practically normally. Becky is living with her brother Otis (Tom Towles) another ex-convict because her husband abused her and is currently incarcerated for murder. Otis and Henry live together. They met in prison. Eventually, Otis and Henry take to committing murders together. Henry shows Otis the ropes as they commit grisly acts of violence.

Otis is a disturbing individual who is sexually attracted to his own sister. Becky was sexually abused as a child and is currently in the process of potentially abandoning her own child. She is very interested in Henry, but Henry has disturbing thoughts when it boils down to their relationship. He is reluctant to engage because he is afraid of what he might do. Eventually Otis and Henry comes to blows because of Becky. The relationships ends in pure horror.

Verdict:

It is a movie not for the feint of heart and is full of disturbing imagery. See it.

Tomorrow’s Movie: Werewolf (1995)

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