Swiss Army Man (2016)
Starring: Paul Dano, Daniel Radcliffe, Mary Elizabeth Winstead
Directed by: Dan Kwan, Daniel Scheinert
Written by: Dan Kwan, Daniel Scheinert
Rating: R Running Time: 1 hr. 37 min
What starts out as funny and irreverent, and certainly one of the more unique movie going experiences of 2016, Swiss Army Man, also explores meatier topics such as love, longing and repression. As a kind of experiment to explore the central character’s depression and recovery through metaphor, and a healthy respect for toilet humor.
Is it weird? Oh yes, very much so, and honestly didn’t need to be quite this odd. On several occasions, it gets close to crossing that ‘weird for weirds’ sake line, but manages to stay on point enough to make some decent observations about the need for personal connections and the freedom to express yourself, even if it leads to peer ridicule.
If you can tolerate the off-beat story, and somewhat vague messaging, this film is absolutely worth seeing for the performances from Paul Dano and Daniel Radcliffe. Their chemistry and the inventive script deliver a lot of laugh out loud moments. Whether the film resonates beyond that, however, is a little difficult to predict. I personally enjoyed the film’s clever action and performances, but baulked a little at the end as the reality of the central character’s plight comes into focus. What I hoped to be a purely life affirming story, actually seemed more tragic and sad.
Keep your mind open for this one and hold on! It takes some surprising turns. It would also help if you find toilet humor funny – just saying.
When Hank (Paul Dano) uses Manny’s (Daniel Radcliffe) extremely flatulent corpse to jet-sky away from the island he’s been stranded on.