Cert: 15 Runtime: 97 mins Director: Dan Kwan & Daniel Scheinert Cast: Paul Dano, Daniel Radcliffe and Mary Elizabeth Winstead
If you don’t know Jurassic Park, you don’t know shit
Swiss Army Man aka the fart movie is finally out in the UK. Many booos and walkouts happened during the festival season. But the other half of the cinematic community adore this film. Daniel Radcliffe shrugs away from the Potter vision and attempts another daring role. Directed by two guys called Dan, Swiss Army Man has caught my interest since the beginning of the year. So I guess you wonder what it’s about? We follow the tale of Hank (Paul Dano), who is stranded on a desert island and has given up all hope of ever making it home. 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 adventure that will bring Hank back to the woman of his dreams. Bursting with limitless creativity in both form and content, Swiss Army Man creates a world like no other.
Swiss Army Man is probably the most individually unique movies of the year. It’s more than a movie about cheap comedic farts. It’s clearly a metaphor for how we keep our emotions inside and never release our true feelings towards anything. I can relate a lot to the context of Swiss Army Man, when I was younger I really never expressed myself properly. Swiss Army Man really shows that you should dare to dream and go for it. Dano & Radcliffe are remarkable. Their characters share an undeniable chemistry while stumbling through a forest that pushes their boundaries and in turn forces them to survive in the most imaginatively bizarre way possible. Both performances feel grounded with an everlasting, passionate eye for detail. Radcliffe’s character, Manny, though just a dead body, slowly expands into something much more with an exuberant display of emotion. Dano is impressive as the lonely Hank, presenting a calm and feeble side to the character that connects us as an audience to the duo on-screen.
Swiss Army Man is a movie about whatever you want it to be about really. It could be a movie about friendship. It could be a movie about how wonderful and sad life is all at the same time. It could be about creativity and being yourself and original. There are probably loads more but those are for you to find out. I laughed so many times during this movie (yes even at some of the farting parts) and while the movie can briefly become emotional, there is never really time for any sort of bad feelings. 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. Watch this movie!!!!