Swiss Army Man

3 Stars

A lot of times, when a film is pitched with lines like, “You’ve never seen anything like this before,” it’s safe to write it off as hyperbole. Not in this case. I honestly can’t say there’s ever been a film quite like Swiss Army Man. After Hank (Paul Dano) is shipwrecked, he contemplates suicide – until he discovers a corpse (Daniel Radcliffe) that he befriends. And that’s just the beginning of an odd, twisted, beautiful friendship (and film). While no film is meant for everyone, this is definitely a film that’s not going to appeal to a lot of people. Watch the trailer, though. If it in any way seems interesting to you, it’s worth watching. There’s plenty of puerile humor – fart jokes, boner jokes, the fact that a corpse is treated like a Swiss Army knife (hey, that’s where the title comes from!) – but there’s a surprising amount of depth the film takes in examining why, exactly, Hank befriends a corpse and what issues in his life are pushing him in that direction. Plus, the performances from Dano and Radcliffe are completely committed, which helps sell this fantasy.

 

 

Swiss Army Man • Rating: R (for language and sexual material) • Runtime: 95 minutes • Genre: Drama • Cast: Paul Dano, Dainel Radcliffe, Mary Elizabeth Winstead • Directors: Daniel Kwan, Daniel Scheinert • Writers: Daniel Scheinert, Daniel Kwan • Distributor: Warner Bros.
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