Swiss Army Man

(2016)

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Title:
Swiss Army Man
Release Date:
17th June 2016
Runtime:
95 min
MPAA Rating:
R
Directors:
Dan Kwan, Daniel Scheinert
Writers:
Dan Kwan, Daniel Scheinert
Languages:
English
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Storyline

Alone on a tiny deserted island, Hank has given up all hope of ever making it home again. But one day everything changes when a dead body washes ashore, and he soon realizes it may be his last opportunity to escape certain death. Armed with his new “friend” and an unusual bag of tricks, the duo go on an epic adventure to bring Hank back to the woman of his dreams.

Ratings

Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 65%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience 82%
IMDb Rating 7.9

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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by budarc 1st July, 2016

A movie for the rest of us

After watching this movie, I wiped the tears from my eyes, went into the restroom and washed my face, then walked straight into the next screening of Swiss Army Man. I've only ever done this twice in my life; first with Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004), then with Little Miss Sunshine (2006, also with Paul Dano). 10 years later, I've finally experienced that same feeling again. This is a movie for the rest of us; the lonely loser weirdos that don't fit in anywhere. I don't care whether you're male, female, straight, gay or whatever, if you have just a little bit of weird inside you, this movie is for you. I guess there are a couple different ways to look at the narrative. You can imagine that Paul Dano is basically out on his own, lost in the wilderness, and he's hoisting around a dead body on his back. Like Hank says at one point, maybe he's just hallucinating all of this, and he's really just using the body as a way to relay his thoughts. Going back to the basics, speaking to the body as if it is an innocent, childlike, unfettered vessel. In a way, he is trying to convince himself why he should go on living. (It's been said that the logline of this movie is that it's about a suicidal man trying to convince a dead body why life is worth living.) There were a couple of moments where I was convinced the movie was going to take the "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge" route and reveal that Hank had succeeded in his suicide, but I'm glad it didn't take that predictable twist (although it is a valid interpretation). Then there is the magical element, which is fully supported by the ending (the objective view of the cameraman's camera, as well as everyone else who witnesses Manny jetting out into the sea) and everything actually happened as we saw it. How reliable is Hank as a narrator? Is it even fair to hold this up to the same conventions as other movies? It's still entirely satisfying if you watch the movie at face value without any other explanation for what's going on. The other thing that popped in my head while watching it is whether or not this is a "gay" allegory. I was more convinced of this during my second screening than I was at my first one. But again, I don't think it's fair to hold this up to the same conventions of other movies. Although there is cross-dressing and the characters share a kiss (though it could be argued Hank was just trying to get oxygen, or perhaps blow into Manny's mouth in order to stimulate more gases/dislodge the cork which then propel them out of the water), it is never explicitly stated that they may be homosexual (or necrosexual, if that's the right word). At the end, Manny proclaims that they are "best friends," which I think is the correct way to view their relationship. Nevertheless, the theme of the movie seems to be about finding someone you can be yourself with, regardless of gender or sexual norms. If you choose to view all the events that happen in the film as being Hank's hallucinations (despite the fact that Manny hefts him on his back during the last leg of their journey, after Hank breaks his leg), I think the meaning becomes more about loving yourself for who you are. The cathartic moment comes at the very end when Hank admits he built all those strange creations and is finally able to fart in public. Basically, let your freak flag fly. This is just the kind of movie I needed at this juncture in my life.

Reviewed by John Lyke 27th June, 2016

INSTANT CULT CLASSIC (no spoilers)

MAGICAL, would be the one word I'd choose to describe this film. However, it is so much more. It's smart, but disguises itself as dumb or silly at times. A wonderful commentary on human life that makes you laugh, gasp, and truly ponder. It brings up something that everyone can relate to, every human. However, serious the film may get, it's extremely self aware, and never get's too deep without being able to take a few steps back and laugh at itself. The fun and playfulness of Steven Spielberg's Hook, mashed together with Cast Away and Fight Club. One of the most fun roller-coaster rides I've had in a while at the theater. Enjoy it on the big screen.

Reviewed by www.ramascreen.com 25th June, 2016

The best movie of 2016

When you look up the word 'original' in your dictionary, you might find a poster of SWISS ARMY MAN next to the definition. This is simply the best movie of 2016 in my book. It's outrageous, it's visionary, it's full of humor and heart. To those of you who often complain that there's nothing original to watch in theaters anymore, writing/directing team Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert have come to the rescue. Paul Dano plays Hank, stranded on a deserted island, about to commit suicide because to him, all hope is lost. And suddenly he sees a corpse named Manny (Daniel Radcliffe) who changes everything. Hank is determined to use his new multipurpose friend to go on an epic adventure that Hank hopes would bring him back to the woman of his dreams. Brought to you by the guys behind "Turn Down For What" video, SWISS ARMY MAN is what happens when you let filmmakers run wild with their active imagination. It's a story about a man scared to take chances on love and life until a dead man who farts a lot has to show him how much fun letting loose and taking chances can be despite the outcome. Writing/directing team, simply known as DANIELS, pack this film with all kinds of surprises, like one of those nesting dolls, just when you thought you've seen what Manny can do, he can do another thing and another and it doesn't stop. And I'd like to see it as DANIELS channeling their limitless creativity through Dano's character, Hank, because Hank is the one who's got the skills to utilize Manny in order to create something that's either fun or simply useful. Never have I seen a movie that celebrates farting as much as this. Some might dismiss SWISS ARMY MAN as absurd but this film wears absurdity proudly like a badge of honor. And to me the fart jokes and the corpse jokes, the erection jokes, they even have Jurassic Park jokes, are all just the vehicle that drives this friendship story. You have one character who's dead inside, and one character who's literally dead, interacting in a way that looks insane to some, but DANIELS crafted in a way that makes Hank and the audiences feel hopeful at the end. So this ain't some kind of "Weekend At Bernie's" long lost cousin. Paul Dano and Daniel Radcliffe fully immerse themselves in DANIELS' vision, although I'm sure at first they may have had trouble imagining what they read on the script. But the commitment of those two actors is evident on screen, they don't hold back. Accompanied by fantastic and super catchy score/soundtrack, SWISS ARMY MAN is a cinematic celebration that you can't get enough of. Bound to be a favorite to many; bound to be an instant classic. -- Rama's Screen --

Reviewed by freekyfridays 15th March, 2016

Love it or hate it, it's one film from 2016 that most definitely will not be forgotten.

The Jury Prize for Best Directing caused more than a few controversies at this year's Sundance Film Festival with some audience members walking out, while others complained about the film's uncouth behavior. What might get lost in the mix is how impressively this unique and uncompromised debut feature can be seen through completely opposite lenses. One way of responding to SWiSS ARMY MAN could be to contagiously laugh at the screwball actions of Hank (Paul Dano), a man stranded on a desert island with a dead body (Daniel Radcliffe). Another way would be to question Hank's reliability as a narrator and view this surreal, spiritual spiral as an existential journey into complete madness. Either way, Daniel Radcliffe's performance as a dead body is the kind of profound achievement you might expect from a Harold Pinter or Samuel Beckett play. Swiss Army Man is not just the most infamous film at Sundance this year; It is the perfect Hollywood calling card for first time filmmakers Dan Kwan and Daniel Scheinart, as well as being a completely neo-sincere film. Movie lovers should put aside all of its buzz and just experience it for themselves. Love it or hate it, it's one film from 2016 that most definitely will not be forgotten. Review taken from 2016 Sundance Film Festival wrap up.

Reviewed by cinemacy 27th January, 2016

Much more than just fart jokes, 'Swiss Army Man' is deep & unpredictable

Usually, fart jokes are associated with bad raunchy comedies in the likes of Adam Sandler's recent career, or really uncreative family movies. Insert, 'Swiss Army Man' – the Sundance title that's generated the most vocal reaction amongst festival goers for it's ridiculous, now infamous, farting dead body played by Daniel Radcliffe. This is only how the film begins, and let's just say it toots even louder from there. Paul Dano plays Hank, a man lost on an island. Right when he's about to give up on life, he discovers the aforementioned farting body and finds an unexpected answer to why his life is worth living. He discovers that many elements of this body can help him survive and find a way back home, and keeps himself sane (or perhaps insane) by talking to it. The writer/director duo Dan Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, collectively known as "the Daniels", have a reputation for ridiculous and highly entertaining short films and music videos, and this feature represents a conglomerate of numerous ideas that sound bad yet somehow all work. As Hank develops a relationship with the dead body (one that starts out similar to Wilson in Cast Away), the intriguing absurdity keeps you engaged for the rest of the film. This is the type of film best seen with little information beyond the initial premise, as it is full of mystery boxes waiting to be unraveled. Thanks to the great use of locations and production design, the world- building is fantastic and the wackiness becomes downright fun. On top of being a silly movie that doesn't pretend to take itself seriously, 'Swiss Army Man' sneaks in themes of societal behavior and what is considered weird vs. what is normal. It's rare to find a movie that is so unpredictable in an engaging way, and because the movie begins with something so ridiculous and only goes deeper from there, it allows for limitless ideas on what is going to happen next and continues to be fun to watch. The reason the film may be polarizing is because of how silly it all is, but going in knowing it will be this way is all you need to jump in and enjoy the show. There is little more to say without giving too much away – essentially, if you can accept absurdity and be along for the ride, this movie may just sneak up and treat you to a great time overall. For more, visit: www.cinemacy.com