Swiss Army Man

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Disarmingly odd and thoroughly well-acted, Swiss Army Man offers adventurous viewers an experience as rewarding as it is impossible to categorize.



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Outrageously fun and deeply affecting, Swiss Army Man is a gonzo buddy comedy that is the feature film debut of acclaimed music video directors Daniel Scheinert and Daniel Kwan (collectively known as DANIELS, and responsible for the visionary "Turn Down For What" video, among many others). Bursting with limitless creativity in both form and content, Swiss Army Man goes from the absurd to the emotional to the whimsical to the profound and back again. Hank (Paul Dano) is stranded on a deserted island, having given up all hope of ever making it home again. But one day everything changes when a corpse named Manny (Daniel Radcliffe) washes up on shore; the two become fast friends, and ultimately go on an epic adventure that will bring Hank back to the woman of his dreams. Swiss Army Man creates a world like no other-a place of pure fantastical imagination, brimming with magical realism yet featuring two characters whose dreams and fears are entirely relatable. Dano and Radcliffe both fully commit to their directors' audacious vision, and their work is exceptional, finding the perfect balance of humor and heart that drives the whole film. A celebration of all the wonders cinema has to offer, Swiss Army Man is a cultural phenomenon in the making; a surreal and wholly original examination of human vulnerability and connection that must be experienced.


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  • Apr 24, 2017
    Anthony L Super Reviewer
  • Feb 22, 2017
    One of the most peculiar films I've ever seen: which is the entire point of the movie. On the surface, it appears to be one big fart joke, but after reading up on analysis and theories, my perspective on Swiss Army Man changed. It's well-shot, well-acted, and is downright hilarious, for the first 20 minutes or so. The jokes get old very fast, and the plot gets very confusing (which is why it is essential to research the themes and analysis). For a film that was only 95 minutes long, I found myself itching for it to be over. It did however grow on me, and it's still stuck in my mind because it's that strange, and the ending (mostly) made up for the dullness that plagues the middle act. It seemed like the actors had more fun making the movie than I did watching it, but it has my respect for being so original and smartly written.
    Kevin M Super Reviewer
  • Feb 11, 2017
    This is a super original yet strange movie, hats off to Paul and Daniel. There is a depth to the plot that is hidden but oh so obvious. When it gets to end you will have mixed feelings and walk away somewhat satisfied, guaranteed you will be in deep thought.
    Jarrin R Super Reviewer
  • Feb 07, 2017
    There's few movies I see that completely and utterly defy description of what sort of genre they may belong in. I remember watching a small South Korean movie, called Save the Green Planet, that was so many things at once. It was a horror movie, it was a comedy, it was sci-fi, it was surreal and it was romance. And, in spite of trying to be all of those things at once, and then some, it was a movie that I fell in love with. There's also, at least as far as I'm concerned, no other movie like it out there. There's obviously been many more movies that have defied all genre descriptions, but Save the Green Planet is the one that comes to mind right at this moment. The reason I bring this up is that, yes, there's no real easy way to describe this movie. Because it doesn't just fit into one neat little genre. And, in spite of some of its sentimentality in the third act, it's a movie that I really enjoyed. Whether it's thanks to Paul Dano and Daniel Radcliffe's performance, the surreal elements of the story, the writing, there's just something about this movie that I liked quite a bit. I think what the point of the film is really just very obvious. The reality is that this is a story about a very lonely man, Hank, who runs away and finds himself on a 'deserted' island simply due to the fact that he is depressed about the way his life has turned out. The beginning of the film sees Hank attempting suicide when a corpse washes up on the shore. He uses this body, whose flatulence is unstoppable, as a sort of jet ski to, hopefully, ride it back to civilization. It doesn't work and Hank and the body end up on another deserted island. While there, the corpse, whose name is Manny, starts to regain his senses. He can't do anything for himself, of course, he can only speak. Hank, at first, is terrified. But as the film progresses, Hank starts to embrace his new dead buddy who can, miraculously, talk. The film sees Hank teach Manny about what it's like to be alive, from friendships, to love, to loneliness and to silly stuff like how it's inappropriate to fart in front of people, which Manny finds ridiculous. One of the weirder elements of the movie, yet actually surprisingly sweet, is when Hank decides to dress up as the woman on his phone, that Manny believes is actually his phone, in order to teach him how to talk to women. Things get complicated when, while playing this character for his friend, Hank does actually kinda fall in love with Manny. I like how the movie sort of played with those ideas and subverted the usual tropes, but it's not even a movie about the budding romance between Hank and Manny. It's far more about their friendship and what they mean to each other. That might sound a little cheesy, but the way the movie does this is where it gets most of its entertainment. Manny was just exactly the person that Hank needed to get him out of his slump, as it were, even if Manny might have ended up being just a figment of Hank's imagination. Paul Dano and Daniel Radcliffe are both tremendous here. Mr. Dano is severely underrated. He has some incredibly expressive eyes. Mr. Radcliffe is also better than people give him credit for. The movie is funny, not hilarious, but it certainly makes up for it with strong characters and a surprising amount of heart. As I mentioned, the third act does contain some sentimentality but, oddly enough, it works in this movie. Well I mean it works and it doesn't. I felt they were trying too hard in some aspects, but that's not gonna affect what I thought of the film much. I still really liked its weirdness, its storytelling, its surreal themes and, most importantly, its acting. It's definitely a strange little movie, but one that I would recommend nonetheless.
    Jesse O Super Reviewer

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