I’m not the first to say this and I sure as hell won’t be the last when I say that Swiss Army Man is easily one of the most out there films I have, and will likely, ever see. This is a film that has to be seen to be believed because no amount of words can do justice to the quite fascinating example of original cinema that Swiss Army Man is.
Hank (Paul Dano) is a man who’s been stranded on deserted island for a while and has only one thought left on his mind; suicide. That is until he comes across a corpse (Daniel Radcliffe) washed up on the shore. After learning that the corpse possesses a number of attributes that could help him survive, Hank and the corpse go on a surreal journey to get home.
On paper, Swiss Army Man is a film that really shouldn’t work yet, thanks to the creative minds of Daniel Scheinert and Daniel Kwan, it’s a film that explores the theme of loneliness in such an admirable way, becoming one of 2016’s most infectious films to date.
The comedic elements combine very well with the sentimental nature of the film, hard to think when you hear that a film about a man contemplating suicide also features a corpse with incessant flatulence and the ability to use an erection as a compass. You either go with it and enjoy the film or find it too obscure and most likely end up hating it.
Coming to the performances, Swiss Army Man features not one, but two fantastic lead performances from both Paul Dano and Daniel Radcliffe. Dano is an actor who continues to impress me with each performance, feeling like one of the most underrated actors working today in my opinion while doing so. Then there’s Radcliffe, an actor who continues to break away from his Harry Potter days with each and every film. With this and Imperium out in 2016, Radcliffe has certainly shown a willingness for diversity in his career and he’s fascinating to watch in Swiss Army Man.
Mary Elizabeth Winstead’s final line of “What the fuck?” is one that perfectly sums up the bizarre yet joyously entertaining Swiss Army Man. Just think if Quentin Tarantino had made Cast Away, it would end up like this.
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