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Monday, 20 July 2015

The Hundred Year Old Man who Climbed out the Window and Disappeared

Movies, tv shows, anything really that involves sitting down and watching a screen, sets me off into the land of nods. Yes, even in movie theaters. Yes, even through the gory violence and sex of the Game of Thrones episodes. I prefer reading because reading requires engagement on my part, which keeps me from snoozing.
For me to stay awake, the movie has to grab hold of me. It has to have a good story. It should be visually compelling, and it has to touch my heart strings. A good movie doesn't just keep me up while it's playing, it leaves me with something to think about afterwards.
We watched A Hundred Year Old Man who Climbed out the Window and Disappeared yesterday evening. And no, I did not fall asleep. The humour was dark, at times, bordering on the absurd, but it had all three of us laughing out loud again and again.
The movie begins with a hundred year old man running away from a retirement home on his hundredth birthday and the adventure that ensues as he simply rolls along from situation to situation, accumulating friends and living life as his mother prescribed without thinking too much.
 The "Don't think too much" message was a bit overworked; first the mother's words and then a character who was almost completely paralyzed by his own constant overthinking. It seemed that the writer wrote up that particular character just to drive home the point. Someone should have had a word with the author, but who am I to say, the book and the movie are both grand successes.
I preferred the present day scenes of the movie, his past memories were too Forest Gumpish for my liking. Still, it was a laugh out loud, feel good movie of the kind I can see my father enjoying. And my mother, brother, sister, and their spouses. Some of my cousins would enjoy it as well. Okay fine, my entire extended family, and my four friends.
It's a movie that will keep everyone awake.

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