The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out The Window and Disappeared (2013)

260) The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared (2014) “Hundraåringen som klev ut genom fönstret och försvann” (original title)

Dynamite expert Allan Karlsson’s life, and the unlikely events following his escape from the old folk’s home on his 100th birthday.

8/10 – Some of my favourite Amazon reviews are the 1 star ones. It’s hard to tell if they are being serious or not. This one, quite simple said, “1 Star – Present – as yet unopened”. Very enlightening. Another said, “Don’t bother unless you are happy reading subtitles!”. Another very good indication as to the quality of this film. Then I saw that the constantly miserable Peter Bradshaw hated it, so I was sold on it straight away.

If you can see past the fact that there is a 30 year old man in so much prosthetic playing a supposed 100 year old man, and can handle Swedish conversations but English narration, then you will see the film for what it is; a slapstick, daft comedy where the accidents and shenanigans rack up to a stupid toll resulting in a Steve Martin meets Fargo hybrid.

As Allan KarlssonIwar Wiklander played by Robert Gustafsson decides to make a break for it on his 100th birthday, he gets all tangled up with the wrong types of ‘bad guys’ headed up unexplainably by Alan Ford (Snatch, Lock Stock, Armando Iannucci) who just wants his money back. Making friends along the way, completely unfazed by the imminent danger and quietly content with just being old and doing whatever he wants, Alan plods along aimlessly.

It darts back and forth between his incredible backstory and the present day set among the sweeping Swedish countryside in an easy to follow narrative. The script is a little loose and dialogue not that sharp, and I have no doubt that due to that point and the hit-and-miss acting, this probably doesn’t live up to the ‘Best Selling Novel’ in terms of its translation to the big screen. But with it’s accelerating jazzy soundtrack and a sort of Forrest Gump vibe about it, there is still plenty to enjoy about this escapade.

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