482. The Hundred Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared

Background info

482-the-hundred-year-old-manTitle: The Hundred Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared
Director: Felix Herngren
Year: 2013
Run time: 1hr 54m

“After a long and eventful life, Allan Karlsson ends up in a nursing home, believing it to be his last stop. In one day, he turns 100. A big celebration is in the works but Allan really isn’t interested and decides to escape. He climbs out the window in his slippers and embarks on a hilarious and entirely unexpected journey involving, among other surprises, a suitcase stuffed with cash, some unpleasant criminals, a friendly hot-dog stand operator, and an elephant.”

Live blog

2:32 – That’s a heck of away to deal with a fox!
5:35 – Like the music. Jaunty but kinda intimidating at the same time.
7:34 – He was just doing as he’s told and now he’s stolen a bag.
8:12 – All these people screaming Allan, it’s like that meme.
10:55 – “He was always thinking for no good reason.”
17:46 – All the monies.
23:19 – It’s weird to hear a Cockney accent in the middle of all this Scandinavian joy.
26:37 – “I like the booming.”
29:50 – Oh yea, films like this make me remember how shocking my history knowledge is.
38:28 – “The middle of nowhere is underrated.”
47:49 – Woah, atomic bomb.
53:09 – Submarine!
55:05 – Ha, totally forgot about Sonja.
1:01:36 – Benny is a lot of fun. Almost this, almost that.
1:06:41 – This must be what it’s like for Mr C living with me. Bless Herbert Einstein.
1:12:10 – “This is a threat!”
1:14:32 – A melon isn’t really a vegetable is it?
1:21:22 – “Suddenly I was a double agent.” These things happen.
1:28:57 – Note to self, having an elephant as a passenger increases stopping distance.
1:39:13 – Elephant on a plane. That’s a whole other film.

Conclusions

I really enjoyed the book and hadn’t realised it had been made into a film, so was keen to see what the big screen adaptation was like. Big, bright and colourful, I thought it made a fabulous movie, dragging the viewer through all the crazy adventures and yet making it all seem entirely believable.

Allan Karlsson treads a fine line between not being such a great person but also having a really inspiring outlook on life. The characters he meets along the way are also fun and interesting, particularly Benny who is a perpetual student without really doing anything with his life. And there’s an elephant! What else could you wish for? Occasionally a bit graphic, the disembodied head was a surprise, but mostly a bold and brilliant endeavour. Totally recommended.

Rating: 5/5.

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