11.25.2016

DEAD MAN WALKING :: Swiss Army Man Review

Swiss Army Man

"Manny, if you don't know Jurassic Park, you don't know shit!"

Have you ever had one of those dreams that was incredibly profound and pleasant but impossible to describe in words? That's similar to the first time I watched Swiss Army man. It's easily my favorite movie right now, not just of 2016, but all time.

The movie opens with Hank (Paul Dano) stranded on an island and is about to end it all, by hanging himself. Just at the point of no return, he sees the body of Manny (Daniel Radcliffe) washed up on the beach. With some difficulty he manages to escape death and go to examine the body only to discover and lifeless, yet farting corpse. Hank gives up hope and is about to hang himself again when he sees Manny's body travelling through the surf propelled by flatulence. Hank, saw his chance and rode Manny off that tiny island.

The beautiful thing is that it's hard to know if their relationship is all in the mind of Hank, or real. As Manny becomes more conscious, Hank discovers how to use him to their advantage - storing water, chopping wood, a boner compass, shooting objects from his mouth and of course the farting. The plan is to return to civilization, but along the way, a friendship is made and life lessons are learned. Hank learns about sex, love, friendship and family from Manny, as Manny experiences self realization on these things himself.

Swiss Army Man was the first full length movie written and directed by the talented duo of Daniels (Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert). The duo had previously done movie shorts and music videos, including Lil Jon's Turn Down for What.

Go see this movie with a friend or loved one, then spread the word. People will either love or hate it, but at least they will feel it.

No Boats



Swiss Army Man is available on Blu-Ray or DVD