Friday, 11 July 2014

Film review: The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared


I literally cannot remember the last time I went to the cinema, it must have been at least two years ago. I stopped going because the tickets are so expensive. When I lived in Manchester we used to go to the cinema for £2 a ticket! Recently I found out about Tuesdays at the Odeon, it is now £5.50 a ticket! It must be to do with no-one going to the cinema on a Tuesday, but hey, if it's cheap, I'm there! 

I decided we (me and the boyf) would go and see 'The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared', snappy title ey?! It is a film that has been adapted from a very successful book. First things first, I did not realise it was going to be in Swedish. The voiceover is in English with a Swedish accent but all the characters, bar one, speak in Swedish. Bonus points for me as the boyf is obsessed with Sweden and Swedish culture. I love subtitled films anyway, so this did not put me off. 

It is a really light-hearted storyline with a slightly deeper meaning. The story centres around a 100-year-old called Allan Karlsson. It follows him as he escapes from his retirement home on his 100th birthday and accidentally ends up stealing millions from a criminal gang. It shows the chase but also takes you through Allan's life, looking back over his extraordinary time as an explosives expert. He dances with Stalin and gets given a gun by Franco. Basically the point of the film is to take the 100-year-old's advice and just 'do' and stop over-thinking. I think this is a really important message for all us, especially bloggers. It is so easy to become wrapped up in what other people will think, or thinking so much that the time to 'do' has passed. My favourite character was a young student who unintentionally joins them on their journey. He represents so many young people today in that he is always studying for something and is incredibly indecisive about the career path he wants to follow. 

Being about a 100-year-old man you are probably expecting a sad ending, but far from it! I thought the film was hilarious and would highly recommend going to see.
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