Watch: Mielensäpahoittaja 2014 123movies, Full Movie Online – The Grump is a man from the past. A man who knows that everything used to be so much better in the old days. Pretty much everything that’s been done after 1953 has always managed to ruin The Grump’s day. Our story unfolds as The Grump takes a fall from his basement steps, hurting his ankle. He has to spend a weekend in Helsinki to attend physiotherapy. The Grump doesn’t like this for four reasons: 1) He has to take a taxi. 2) He can’t take daily care of his wife, an Alzheimer’s patient. 3) He can’t drive, which means he might have to sit in a car with a female driver. 4) He has to spend time with his family. The daughter-in-law is a career woman, not keen to spend time with The Grump when he comes to the city. Her boss has given her the task to look after Russian businessmen supposed to close a major deal over the weekend. It doesn’t make her any happier when The Grump decides to help with the deal. Then The Grump has to face his useless son to become the father he never was, teaching his son how to take care of his loved ones. A thing The Grump has never been able to do. And somebody’s day will be ruined..
Plot: A stubbornly traditional eighty-year-old farmer – whose social attitudes verge on the prehistoric – raises hell when he is forced to move in with his sadsack, city-dwelling son and domineering daughter-in-law.
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The world according to The Grump
I haven’t read any of the books before seeing the movie. Of course I did my background checks, and was first disappointed with the fact that there wasn’t much left of what I expected The Grump to be.
But the warmth oh Antti Litja’s character completely blew me away. Remember, he is The Grump, this is his movie. Maybe the story is a bit detached at certain times, maybe the plot is a bit shattered. But this is an old man’s story, this is HIS story. I expected him to be much more “against everything” … but he was a really warm character, really trying to do his best to understand a world he really couldn’t.
From his point on view, what would this world look like? Too busy, too broken, too cold. Maybe, the movie jumps a bit too much, and lacks continuity in the plot. It might lack some sense … but that’s exactly like the Grump sees it. So, maybe, the movie shows it exactly like it should.
A mixed package
Dome Karukoski’s newest movies continues to reinforce his strongest points, but it also reveals some of his weaknesses. Based on Tuomas Kyrö’s fictional character Mielensäpahoittaja, the movie tells the tale of an old man, so set on his ways that he makes cavemen seem liberal in comparison. There’s one proper newspaper, one proper car, one proper way of earning a living, one proper television show (the news, of course) and of course one proper way for a married couple to live together. The story starts when he has to travel to Helsinki in order to visit a doctor. In there he stays with his son and daughter-in-law. Hilarity ensues.
If I’m being completely honest, I have to admit that the movie works best when it doesn’t try to be funny, which is kind of a problem because it’s a comedy. Or a comedic drama, which brings me to the good points. It’s a very strong drama movie about the clashing of old and new. I especially love the family of the son and the daughter-in-law. This is a perfect example of a 21st century family, and yet it’s not hammered in or forced down our throats. It’s done subtle-like, slowly revealed, even though at first it’s seen from the point of view of The Grump, who believes it to be one of the weirdest, most dysfunctional things he has ever seen. But we learn along with him and that journey makes this film worthwhile.
Still, it cannot be denied that a lot of the elements of the film seem detached from one another. We have a few humorous scenes with the Russians, then some flashbacks, then some angry yelling drama, then some humorous jihinks again, followed by the biggest screaming fit yet seen. This disparity would be fine, if the scenes connected, but quite often they do not. The final third kind of pulls it all together, but you have to get there first, which can be be problematic. And yet that ending is so good that it almost makes up for it.
I can safely say that I liked The Grump. It has its flaws and I can see why some people don’t like it at all. But when it works, when the scene simply captivates you with its poignancy or simple beauty, then all the flaws seem to melt away and you’re left with something that will stick with you. And that’s the mark of a good film.
Original Language fi
Runtime 1 hr 42 min (102 min)
Rated Not Rated
Genre Comedy, Drama
Director Dome Karukoski
Writer Dome Karukoski, Tuomas Kyrö, Pekko Pesonen
Actors Antti Litja, Petra Frey, Mari Perankoski
Country Finland, Iceland
Awards 1 win & 4 nominations
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix N/A
Aspect Ratio 2.35 : 1
Camera Arri Alexa
Film Length N/A
Negative Format N/A
Cinematographic Process N/A
Printed Film Format Digital (Digital Cinema Package DCP)