Movies of the week
The Danish movie, Klown has sufficient laughter to inspire an English re-imagination of the eccentric canoe adventures of the protagonist and his quiet dumb friend. Fun begins right after the opening credits and leaves you teary eyed with bouts of laughter.
The first scene- a wedding, and if you hurry your eyeballs around, you will soon catch up with two middle-aged men, in fact, two best friends, Frank and Casper, thoughtful about an no-holds-barred canoe trip.
Caper is on cloud nine, as it is after sometime, he will manage to enjoy all out fun, away from the company of his girlfriend. On the other hand, Frank appears to be a man who doesn’t express much and keeps his feelings to himself.
As the party mood reaches a crescendo, the news that his girlfriend is expecting a child strikes Frank like a bolt of lightening. She is in two minds about whether to abort the baby or expand the family, as she has little faith in her boyfriend’s fatherhood abilities. Then what: Frank’s male ego bears the brunt of her suspicion and he gears up to prove at all cost that he has what it takes to be loving and caring father.
To prove the same, Frank doesn’t think twice even before abducting his lady love’s nephew. That is followed by the canoe trip that tears part all boundaries of moralities and sanity.
As Casper gives it his all to showcase that he can be a father worth emulation, the viewers somehow want him to fail. That’s the sort of madness that Casper brings to the screen.
And that air of insanity is what that makes Klown, quiet rib-tickling.
Taking the lead roles in it are established stars such as Frank Hvam, Casper Christensen and Marcuss Jess Peterson. While the performance meter could have been pushed a little higher, the script does the needy to tie all the lose ends and make Klown a whirlwind of laughter.