REVIEW: Swiss Army Man (2016)

Theatrical Release Poster - A24
Theatrical Release Poster – A24

The following is a quick review of Swiss Army Man – Directed by Dan Kwan & Daniel Scheinert.

Swiss Army Man follows Hank (played by Paul Dano), a man marooned on a small island, who has lost the will to live. At the start of the film, we find him as he is about to hang himself. But, out of the blue, he sees that a corpse has washed up on the beach. As he tries to resuscitate the body, he notices that the corpse is farting. Soon, he uses the farting corpse (played by Daniel Radcliffe) as a jet ski.

Okay. So, Swiss Army Man is pretty weird. I didn’t really know how to review the film when I had just watched it, but this is what I’ve got. It’s a very impressive and unique little film that I don’t think anyone not involved with the project saw coming, or expected to be what it ultimately is.

It’s almost as surprising to learn that Swiss Army Man is the feature film debut for the two directors that are perhaps best known for directing the music video for DJ Snake and Lil Jon’s Turn Down for What. What I’m saying is that they really know how to make a movie.

This film isn’t as insane and intense as the aforementioned music video, but you’ll definitely recognize that video’s obsession with pelvic thrusts when the film’s corpse starts to, um, move around a bit.

When I first saw the trailer for the film I was really confused by seeing someone like Daniel Radcliffe – the leading man from one of the most fantastic and famous film franchises – play a farting corpse. But, as it turns out, it’s a surprisingly perfect choice. Daniel Radcliffe’s performance in Swiss Army Man is pretty amazing. Paul Dano also gives a good performance, one that exudes a certain warmth that’s really pleasing.

Swiss Army Man is a really weird film that is much more interesting, heartwarming, and much better than it sounds like. It’s a really disarming experience, and I love how a farting corpse movie is really about not caring about what other people think. Letting yourself be free to be you.

8 out of 10

– Jeffrey Rex

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