DVD Review – November 2014 – Mark David Hatwood

The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared – Starring Robert Gustafsson, Iwar Wiklander, David Wiberg Directed by Felix Herngren

100yearoldmanThis Swedish adventure comedy is based on Jonas Jonasson’s global bestselling novel of the same name… and is surprisingly close to it’s inspiration. Despite having reached his 100th birthday, Allan Karlsson (Gustafsson) still has a sharp mind. Keen to avoid the party that his retirement home have organised for him, Allan climbs out of his bedroom window and begins an escapade featuring criminals and a stash of drug money. However, Allan isn’t new to adventure. During his lifetime he was involved with many significant events which changed the course of history and became associated with world leaders and other notable figures along the way.

Although those that have read the book will notice that some of the ‘historical’ events have been omitted from the film, but otherwise this charming film pretty much follows the book’s incredible yarn, stroke for stroke. It is well acted and enjoyable, but my feeling is, those who have read the book will find it too close and so loses its individuality. Nevertheless, a well crafter work.

Verdict: Those who missed the book will enjoy this immensely. ***

This film will be shown at The Harbour Club in Portscatho on Tuesday 4th November

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