This year’s winner for longest film title, The 100 Year-Old Man Who Jumped Out Of The Window And Disappeared, is adapted from the internationally best-selling and critically acclaimed book.
As a given from the title, the story revolves around centenarian Allan Karlsson, who on his birthday decides to escape his retirement home through the window.
It’s not long before he accidentally acquires a suitcase of drug money totalling 50 million krona, and is subsequently hunted by both the police and the gang members to whom it belongs.
Whilst all this is going on, Allan recounts his life story, filled with many adventures and encounters with historical figures such as Franco and Stalin.
Unable to comment on the quality of the book (one which has been highly recommended to me in the past), I can say that the film has a number of problems.
I found it difficult to pinpoint its tone and whilst being both weird and dark in it’s humour, it doesn’t go far enough for me in either direction to make it stand out.
Some of the gags work but most of them don’t, and on a whole I found it to be a thoroughly boring affair; like an old relative re-telling an anecdote you’ve already heard.
The flashbacks that find our lead character coming face to face with fascists and dictators remind me of Forrest Gump, but unfortunately these moments are nowhere near as funny as those from Gump, and only succeed in making me want to watch that instead.
Attempts at giving the two narratives some kind of coherent relevance to each other fail miserably, and a tighter screenplay would have definitely benefited the film too. Having done research on the book, it appears that a lot of the historical pieces are missing from the film, so perhaps as a read it would be much more rewarding, but I’m in no hurry to after this introduction.
It’s not that I hated the film, I just didn’t care about it. I didn’t like any of the characters and found them to be annoying and visually there’s not a lot going on either.
The best thing about The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out Of The Window and Disappeared is its title. Despite drawing a few chuckles from me, it wasn’t nearly as funny as I had hoped, and bored me to the point that I felt I had reached 100 during its run time.
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