The Hundred Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared
Reviewed by Melissa Minners
In The Hundred Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared, a movie based on a novel by Jonas Jonasson, Robert Gustafsson is Allan Karlsson, a hundred year old who escapes from a home for the elderly by climbing out of the window. As the story continues, Allan somehow gets involved with some drug money and the chase is on. Throughout the film, Allan recalls his lifetime of seemingly incredible adventures such as meeting three United States Presidents, dealings with Russian tyrants and Chinese leaders and his hand in helping to create the atom bomb.
The musical score of The Hundred Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared was created by Swedish composer Matti Bye. He began his career twenty-five years ago composing and performing live improvisations to silent film and early cinema and becoming well-known for his piano improvisations used to write new scores for such older films as Phantom Carriage, Häxan and the Gösta Berling Saga. Recent credits include the film scores of Everlasting Moments and Scenes from a Playhouse.
The soundtrack begins with Intro, a rather cartoonish track that perfectly describes the impishness of our main character. Esteban is a theme featuring piano and violin that reappears from time to time throughout the score. Red Square and Escape from Gulag have a definite Russian flavor to them, while Manhattan has a jazz style that speaks towards glitz and glamour. Djibouti is a rather fun track that will lead you to believe there is some sort of hilarious escapade going on. Funeral March features a military style to it. The End, obviously the last track on the album, is a return to that comical, cartoonish sound in the beginning of the soundtrack, bringing us full circle.
I have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed the score of this film. Matti Bye's score was light and full of fun, lending to the comedic nature of the film and the incredulous Forrest Gump-like style of Allan Karlsson's adventures. I loved it so much, I can't wait to check out the scenes the music was created for, so it's off to see if I can find a copy of The Hundred Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared on video!