Swiss Army Man (2016) Review

Rating: 7 / 10

An original movie. No other movie will offer this kind of plot and acting as Swiss Army Man. It will make you laugh and just say “WTF”. *

Plot: A hopeless man stranded in the wilderness befriends a dead body and together they go on a surreal journey to get home.

Starring:

  • Paul Dano as Hank
  • Daniel Radcliffe as Manny
  • Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Sarah

Directed by: Dan Kwan, Daniel Scheinert

Written by: Dan Kwan, Daniel Scheinert

This was something really, really, really, interesting to see in the theatre. The trailer of the movie looked so weird and I didn’t know why I went and saw the whole movie. Maybe because I enjoy the acting of Daniel Radcliffe, even if he is playing a dead body (kinda of). Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that this movie was awful, it just was a little bit weird. This really felt like an experimental movie to see who will go and see it. Ha….I went.

So what was so good about this movie? Weeeelll……..it was funny seeing everything on the screen. The movie started with so many fart jokes that I thought that it will continue for the whole movie, it mostly did, but not that much so it couldn’t get annoying. The funniest thing in this movie was the interactions between the two main characters – Hank (Paul Duno) and Manny (Daniel Radcliffe). The friendship between them is shown so well that it is a delight to watch. They were so funny sometimes together. But few jokes were too much….just too, too much. I won’t go too much in detail, you have to see it for yourself. As for portraying a dead body, that has to express emotions, Daniel Radcliffe play’s it really well. That was the main reason I went to see this movie – Daniel Radclifee was in it. The acting from both the actors were well done. The highlight of the movie. For an Indie film it is really well made and some of the cinematography was beautiful. It would be interesting to see the next project from these two directors.

The movie is good in a way that you can make it be about anything you want it to be: about friendship, about how life is (sad or wonderful), about being yourself. It has a lot to offer. You decided about what the movie will be. Maybe that’s why you will think about the movie when you will leave the theatre.

The bad part of the movie was that it really was so weird and hard to sometimes understand what the hell is going on. Is he really talking to the dead body? Is he making things up? And so on…. The movie won’t change its tone and will keep on doing some weird things. The fart jokes will be till the end and the dead body will be till the end. At the end you will just scratch your head and say “WTF”. You might regret seeing this movie but you will still have fun watching it.

I really like what a user named bkrauser-81-311064 on imdb.com page told about the ending of the movie: “The film then diverges into psychological drama before letting the audience decide what the hell happened. Where you fall on the ending feels almost like a litmus test. Do you stare at the existential void and shudder? Could Manny be a symbol of faith? Is a victory in your mind still a victory? How do you treat people? How should you treat people? Your answers to these questions should inform how you view the film and help you decide if the ending resembles the midriff of Badlands (1973) or the end of Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975).” This is really well put. I felt like this the same way when I saw the movie. You mostly decide what will happen and how you understood the movie. There won’t be no wrong answers.

With all the weirdness and the fart jokes, you should give the movie a try. It might be the movie that will make you think or you might even enjoy the fart jokes or you might have the opposite feelings.

As of August 11, 2016, Swiss Army Man has grossed $4.14 million in North America, against a budget of $3 million.

* Taken from my twitter account @karlis_pekstins

For more information, check out: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4034354/

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