Film Review: The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out The Window And Disappeared

100 Year Old Man

Felix Herngren’s adaptation of novel The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared is a frequently hilarious comedy adventure that should delight its audience.

Dynamite expert Allan Karlsson escapes from his nursing home on his 100th birthday. He sets off on what becomes an extraordinary adventure, although it is not the first of his hundred years…

The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared successfully entertains viewers thanks to an interesting and surprising story and the film’s consistent humour.

The off-beat style of the film is clear from The 100-Year-Old Man‘s opening scene. Herngren and co-writer Hans Ingemansson have created a screenplay which focuses on storytelling. The mix of present narrative and flashbacks work well to flesh out the character of Allan Karlsson. The protagonist is such an interesting character for his peculiarities. This evolves as the film progresses, with anecdotes and flashbacks revealing more about his extraordinary life.

The story develops at a good pace. The beauty of The 100-Year-Old Man is the level of ambiguity over which way the story well lead. This unpredictability functions effectively to keep viewers engaged.

Although the focus of the film remains on Allan, he is supported by some colourful characters. These function as an audience to his story in the flashback scenes, as well as taking a significant role in the central narrative. The biker gang are good foils for Allan and his tribe.

Hengren’s direction does has a nice style. There are some nice aesthetics, particularly in the flashback sequences. Robert Gustafsson offers a good performance as Allan. His delivery is important for a lot of the humour.

The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared will provide good laughs and an enjoyable adventure for audiences who take a punt on the idiosyncratic comedy.