The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared2015
The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared (2015)
Critic Consensus: Its efforts to earn laughs can be as ungainly as its title, but for viewers in tune with its absurdist humor, The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared offers much to recommend.
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Critic Reviews for The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared
It's never explained what Allan's mental state is, other than lovable geriatric rascal-itis, an irritating trope that hardly constitutes a certifiable condition.
"The 100-Year-Old-Man" is wonderfully inventive, silly fun.
It seems destined for a Hollywood remake, which is likely to be more polished but not nearly as weirdly charming.
Herngren's hyper-plotty story goes from testing credulity to utterly insulting it, as incident piles on to incident in an ever-escalating cascade of you-won't-believe-what-happens-nexts.
Audience Reviews for The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared
The story of the old man who flees from the retirement home and stumbles over a suitcase with a fortune starts out really promising and wonderfully quirky. The flash backs to the 100-year old's long life are similar to Forrest Gump's run-ins with political heavy weights of the 20th century, but not always quite as interesting here. While the dark-humored, sudden bursts of violence are pretty refreshing, the solution is ultimately somewhat anti-climatic. In the end, the mix of humor and crime just didn't seem to work all that well together here. Maybe you have to be Swedish to get it.
I wonder if this is supposed to be an absurdist, Swedish version of Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa (without the crass humor), with great visuals (the cinematography is gorgeous) and impressive makeup but awfully unfunny and with a ridiculous plot that has no structure or focus.
In this near perfect story of an unlikely 100-year-old man, the audience follows Allan Karlsson (portrayed wonderfully by Robert Gustafsson) as he leaves his old age home to literally go anywhere. Stumbling across a man at a bus stop with a suspicious suitcase, he takes it along with him. Befriending another elderly man along the way, we get to see their friendship blossom as well as them meeting new friends. This film has some bizarre and crazy attempts at comedy, and for me it was able to hit the nail on the head every single time. I had a blast watching this film. My two complaints would solely be the fact that we never know the illness he is suffering from, but I think that was purposefully done; However, the one valid complaint is that it distractingly changes between languages rapidly throughout the entire film, which could be tiresome for some viewers. Overall, I think this is a damn fine picture that does not have enough attention. I highly recommend it, especially filmgoers who love out of the box ideas. This is one of the most unique films of 2015.
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