Thursday, June 4, 2015
The Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed Out of a Window and Disappeared - A Movie Review
Yes, that is the name of the movie, The Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed Out of a Window and Disappeared. And, yes that pretty much sums up the plot, but there is more, much more. The movie is based on a best selling Swedish book with the same title. There are sub-titles but I did not find them cumbersome at all.
Alan Karlsson, a former explosives expert, finds himself in a nursing home on his 100th birthday and decides he wants out. And so the story goes. However we are not talking about some walk around the park. The film is the story of Alan's adventure after he crawls out the window, peppered throughout with flashbacks of his past. The current story involves a string of events that start with a bus ticket he purchases unbeknownst to a decommissioned train station. That sets off a mad cap adventure in which he makes friends, irritates a gang of thugs, and alludes an inspector among other episodes.
The story, past and present, involves an elephant, Franco, Stalin, Truman, oodles of cash, an asylum, and many explosions. There are times when the story lags but just when I was beginning to tire, it would pick up and some funny thing would happen. Some of the events were outrageous but then maybe . . .
All in all it just made me hope that maybe there is a possibility I may live to be 100 years old, and if so I will still have the where with all to be able to climb out of a window for more adventure. Better than that, I hope to look back and to have had such an exciting life. (Well there were some downs - did I mention the gulag?) Seeing that I am more than halfway there I have some catching up to do.
This movie is worth the 114 minutes of you can find it.