All he had to do was to be true with the book and I'm sure it would be a great movie. The Nationalist Leader invites Allan to a dinner, where he presents his favorite pistol to him for saving his life. But let's not dwell on the Forrest Gump similarity too much. For anyone who has enjoyed the book, this film will be a hoot. But then I must have shouted too. He keeps blowing things off and he doesn't care if people get killed. So even though the story flows very smoothly, the tone really is all over the place.
Showtimes will be avaiable on Tuesday, May 12. More importantly, the characters are entirely believable despite the often fantastical story lines. From the moment the old man crawls out of the window until the very end of the movie, it is a stitch. However, I have to say that if you enjoyed the book and you can cope with a little necessary pruning you should enjoy the movie. I enjoyed the film in a quite crowded cinema, which already started laughing at the first scene, and so i t went on. The characters and their actors are also very charismatic and fun to follow around. Similarly the illustrative quotes chosen here are merely those the complete review subjectively believes represent the tenor and judgment of the review as a whole.
And also are there to show us what sort of character he is. As a middle aged Swede, I am used to that kind of cynical humor, but my 12-year old had a shocked reaction to the way the main supposedly likable characters showed no remorse or sadness when they killed a number of people. However, they are totally unconvinced that Allan, who never attended a university, could have any vital role in its development of the bomb and thus abandon any attempt to interrogate him further. He also has the tendency to lead his life from moment to moment. The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared has one of the most cumbersome titles in a while, but trust me when I say that the film is anything but. Pity, pity, pity that they didn't get this film up to the top, when it was clear that they had such an amazing funny story.
A similar failure of the imagination hampers the second storyline, covering Allan's long life. The two narratives are tied together by Allan's character. And while this film is a great deal of fun, the characters are not as nuanced and are there more for the sake of humour than story. I speak Swedish, Dutch and English. And then there is the story that happens in the present where he kind of steals a suitcase full of money and never thinks about giving it back or doing something meaningful with it. I love dark comedies, and I love dark humor.
This I see much better in Norwegian movies. Will Allan be able to keep the money? There's some fun here -- the bumbling authorities, embarrassed that they can't even find a hundred-year-old man and then their embarrassing failures in trying to make him out to be a sort of master criminal , as well as the very rag-tag criminals -- but the problem here is that the adventures proceed on kids'-book-level. The actor playing him is much younger of course, which we can see when he plays the younger version in the flashbacks. Admittedly he looked old, but not even close to 100 or probably 90. And provides the key insight into one major explosive feat. The main problem of the movie is, that it does not hit the right mark between the macabre and the cartoonishly violent. Well, to make a long story short, this is an unlikely black comedy in style of Forrest Gump, though darker and way more stupid, and filled with more stupid humans.
It was an awesome reading and a wonderful experience. He has an obvious enjoyment of explosions and alcohol. The movie lost me somewhat when Allan blithely and passively allowed himself to be castrated. It loses the link of one story to the other that is very well preserved in the book very well. Fast paced and written with wry deadpan humor. When Molotov is killed by a , an enraged Allan gets revenge by blowing up the fox using , which prompts the authorities to move him to a retirement home in.
I did find it funny at times, in a gentle and slapsticky sort of way. A detective chasing them all across country? Later on he even says that this was more of a blessing than a curse. I couldn't help but to think of these parallels, so please reply if you think I have a lead, or if I am seeing things that aren't there. Some stories changed and were utterly twisted which again don't find the reason why? The concept, and the fundamental tone, are appealing, but The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared is ultimately to much of a misshapen muddle. It's a good farce, which will give out many laughs. Like going through a book from cover to cover by only reading the chapter titles. Perhaps this was a metaphor for something political or social that has escaped me.
The story gets off to a decent enough start, as Allan slips out in his slippers and manages to clear out of town, misappropriating something useful along the way -- which, however, its owners are very eager to get back. And that it was presented as normal, not as a character flaw. I really should rate it a 10, as there is nothing to criticise about the film, except to say that it is clearly not The Godfather, nor intended to be. The main character displays similar characteristics to Peter Sellers' Chauncey, in 'Being There'. It seemed that Allan was popping up all over without properly explaining why he went there and what lead to it. Jonasson apparently couldn't decide what he wanted his novel to be.
This really is the definition of ensemble cast. Like a psycho rabbit on crack jumping here and there so fast that you can't keep up with. Wiberg's character is the perfect balance to the other characters. This honestly should do wonders for director Felix Herngren's career because he handles the film well, tells an incredible story and holds it all together flawlessly. I think with a slightly higher budget it could have been even better but they do a great job with what they're given. Unfortunately, Jonasson insists on using Allan's expertise in handling explosives to have him almost always simply chance- encounter and assist a variety of the world's leaders over the years, beginning with Francisco Franco in the Spanish Civil War.
This is a somewhat different road movie and I would like to finish this review by mentioning one of my favorite scenes where that one guys runs around in the biker jacket and the other one totally panics because of it. If you like to be surprised and entertained, I cannot really think of anyone that wouldn't enjoy watching this. I read the book just days before I saw the world premiere on this, as I got the book as a x-mas gift, just two days before the premiere. This movie shines because of its unpredictability and fast pace. It's a kind of story almost entirely based on humorous coincidences, and a long line of wacky side characters, including a whole lot of famous world leaders. Granted, these adventures are not meant to be plausible -- but they're at an age-ten-reading-level simplistic.