Wednesday, May 3, 2017

The 101-Year-Old Man Who Skipped Out on the Bill and Disappeared Netflix Movie Review

The 101-Year-Old Man Who Skipped Out on the Bill and Disappeared (2017)
Hundraettåringen som smet från notan och försvann (original title)
Watch The 101-Year-Old Man Who Skipped Out on the Bill and Disappeared on Netflix
Written by: Felix Herngren, Hans Ingemansson, Jonas Jonasson (screenplay)
Directed by:  Felix Herngren, Måns Herngren
Starring:  Crystal the Monkey, Robert Gustafsson, Jens Hultén, Caroline Boulton Caroline Boulton
Rating: TV-MA

In this Swedish language movie, 101 year old Allan Karlsson goes through Europe in search for a Russian soda recipe he lost during the early 70s. Unfortunately, he is not the only one  looking for it.

This is a mad cap adventure mixing diverse characters, though unfortunately it's overshadowed by other movies in the genre. The premise is excellent, using soda to parody the cold war in the '70s, I wanted it to be funner. While I don't mind subtitles, keeping up with the quick pace of action and reading can be difficult.
It depends.

This is a sequel to The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared (2009), based on the book series.
On the day of his 101st birthday Allan finds a bottle of "folksoda", the greatest soda ever created. Of course he only has one bottle and doesn't even get a drop. While his friends sample it, they need more and this is the catalyst for the plot, the quest for more soda.

Allan had the recipe at some point, acquiring it as part of spy mission. He recounts his adventures as a spy and how U.S. president Richard Nixon and Russian leader Brezhnev weren't warring over nuclear weapons, it was this soda. The Americans want the formula.

While Allan and friends are traveling to Berlin to search for the formula, the CIA are investigating his friends whose online search triggered a warning, a spy coworker's daughter is trying to track down Allan, and various others want this soda.

This is a manic adventure with intersecting stories and characters that just miss seeing each other. The ending especially reminded me of Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998). By the end everything comes together, tied up neatly with a bow.

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