The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared was highly recommended by my brother. Living in an area with few foreign film fans, I knew I was destined for a solo viewing. Movies alone felt empowering in my 40’s, but now feel downright lonely. SO, I wanted reassurance the movie wouldn’t rub popcorn salt into already wounded heart. Would this movie be depressing?
It’s enough that my good friend, in dishing about how another gal pal was moving from Texas to Portland with a boyfriend she had just met, reminded me of my age. After my narcissistic response, “Damn I wish I could get someone to move with me,” he replied quite matter of factly, “Well, you’re old.” He left out the implied, “Don’t be silly.”
The 100 Year Man movie suggests otherwise. Written and directed by Swede Felix Herngren 100 Year Old capitalizes on his success as a comedy television writer according to IMDB. 100 Year Old highlights his quirky sense of humor as well as a skilled labrynthe-like storytelling.
I’d recommend it for its humor and originality. To see former Presidents Truman and Reagan comically depicted on the screen, as well as the dim witted brother of Albert Einstein shows Herngren’s epic scope. The best British comparison I can think of is A Fish Called Wanda, in it’s Cleese-esque silly approach to death and violence.
While I’ll let you decide if 100 Year Old Man is an upper or not, I will say the film inspired me to do more living and much less waiting.