Review: “Swiss Army Man” May Be the Weirdest Movie I’ve Seen

 

 
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Title: Swiss Army Man
 
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Hank (Paul Dano) is a man stranded on a desert island about to end it all; that is until the dead body of Manny (Daniel Radcliffe) washes up ashore and begins farting. And so begins their journey together. Hank figures out that Manny has the power to soar across water with his farts, chop down trees, and start fires. He’s the swiss army knife of dead people. He also offers companionship, doesn’t look at Hank as an outsider (something he’s been seen as his entire life), and is Hank’s only real way of getting back home.

Something I have forgotten about over the years of watching pretty much anything I can get my hands on is the fact that movies have the ability to do anything they want. There are no rules. A24 studios seems to be on a mission to make everyone remember that films are for enjoying; not scrutinizing and trying to hold their plots to the limits of our own reality. They also seem to be breaking the rules of conventional movie making. Stories don’t always have to have a happy ending, and they definitely don’t have to follow the formula most films abide by. That’s why every time I see their logo before the film starts, I know I’m in for something great; or at the very least, different. This is also the first feature film by writers and directors Dan Kwan and Daniel Scheinert. If this is any indication of what we will be receiving from them for their careers I couldn’t be happier.

The question I found myself asking before the movie even started was, “How do you get Paul Dano and Daniel Radcliffe to star in a companionship movie when one is dead and farting the whole time?” That question gets answered about five minutes into the movie when you realize that you are in store for something completely different than you’ve ever seen. Don’t get me wrong: Daniel Radcliffe does end up talking through most of the movie which adds this surreal comedy to the whole picture. Scenes like Manny asking Hank about masturbation, and if he thinks of his mother while he does it, and wondering why that would be weird in any way. Or a moment like when Hank shows Manny a picture of a woman in a magazine and neither of them realize Manny is getting aroused. When Hank realizes what is happening, he begins slapping Manny’s penis trying to get it to go away. These scenes are so absurd, but they work in the overall scope of the movie.

Both men are trying to get back home to find the love of their life; you get the sense that it could work out for Hank but that Manny obviously has some barriers stopping him from reaching his goal. While the tone of the film gets emotionally heavy in some places, never once does it lose its sense of comedy and adventure; reminding you all the way until the last scene what an insane adventure watching “Swiss Army Man” is. Just don’t say I didn’t warn you.

The film is set to release on Blu-ray and DVD October 4th. You can pre-order now at Amazon.com and get it by October 3rd.

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