The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out The Window And Disappeared, film review
The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out The Window And Disappeared (15). Dir. Felix Herngren. Starring: Robert Gustafsson, Iwar Wiklander, David Wiberg. 114 mins
Felix Herngren’s adaptation of Jonas Jonasson’s best- selling novel is undermined by a fatal lack of charm.
It’s a magical-realist yarn about a very ancient man (comedian Robert Gustafsson under layers of Little Big Man-style make-up) who absconds from his nursing home and ends up on the run with a suitcase full of mob money.
There are flashbacks to his colourful earlier life when he consorted with such figures as General Franco in Civil War Spain and Stalin in Soviet-era Russia. Yet the film-makers never quite achieve the playful, Walter Mitty/Benjamin Button/Zelig-style whimsy they seem to be aiming for. The ingenuous, Forrest Gump-style voice-over (for some reason in English, although most of the film is in Swedish) soon begins to grate.
There are some nasty and violent moments that sit uncomfortably with the fairy-tale elements. The visuals aren’t as enrapturing as might have been expected and the use of a sickly looking elephant as comic relief doesn’t help, either.
TV review Nick Hewer, the man whose eyebrows speak a thousand words, is set to leave The Apprentice
Film The critics but sneer but these unfashionable festive films are our favourites
TV We're so close to knowing what happened to Oliver Hughes, but a last-minute bluff crushes expectations
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Nigel Farage: Me vs Russell Brand on Question Time – he's got the chest hair but where are his ideas?
- 2 Harry Potter fans can apply to the Hogwarts-inspired College of Wizardry
- 3 Jessica Chambers: 19-year-old woman 'doused with lighter fluid and burned alive' in the US
- 4 Russell Brand calls Nigel Farage 'poundshop Enoch Powell' in BBC Question Time debate
- 5 Orange Wednesdays are no more
Peter Lik: The self-proclaimed 'fine-art photographer' whose work sells for millions
The best underrated Christmas movies from Love, Actually to While You Were Sleeping
Grace Dent on TV: The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies was a beautifully shot, immensely considered drama
The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies, review: Jason Watkins is brilliant, but real victim Joanna Yeates is reduced to a footnote
Marilyn Manson denies involvement in shocking Lana Del Rey rape video
Disgruntled RBS worker writes hilarious open letter to Russell Brand after anti-capitalist publicity stunt leaves him hungry
Shock poll shows voters believe Ukip is to the left of the Tories
Nigel Farage's approval rating hits 'record low' as popularity suffers in wake of Ukip sex scandal
Nigel Farage defends Kerry Smith 'ch***y' comment: 'If you are going for a Chinese, what do you say you’re going for?'
Ukip candidate jokes about 'shooting peasants' in racist and homophobic rant
Pakistan school attack live: Taliban kill at least 132 children in 'horrifying' massacre