I watched Swiss Army Man a couple weeks ago and I fell in love. Like, super in love. I went into this film with obviously low expectations because how good can a movie about a guy bonding with a corpse actually be? But man, was I blown away… There were flaws, as with any directorial debut, but they were so minimal compared to what I was taken with.
The plot of the movie sounds ridiculous and stupid and everyone I’ve talked about it with has been like, “I am 100% not going to watch a movie about a flatulent corpse and a crazed, lonely, lost little man,” but it’s so good. I want to watch it again and again. Sure, it could have used less fart jokes and the plot is beyond ridiculous and unbelievable, but it’s so heartwarming and so funny that I just can’t. I can’t even.
It is the most bizarre work of art that I have ever even took a notion to think about watching. It is insane and wieird. Paul Dano is amazing, Daniel Radcliffe is amazing, and they are amazing together. Watching Daniel Radcliffe play a dead man who is practically a foreign life-form in that he knows nothing about anything ever. The questions are like those you hear on a daily basis from a toddler, but they delve deeper and deeper into existential discussions. It’s.. the silliest thing that I got attached emotionally to a corpse. I was endeared by him and his child-like wonder.
The movie is titled Swiss Army Man because Daniel Radcliffe’s character, dubbed Manny by Paul Dano’s character, Hank, is literally a swiss army man. He is a multi-purpose tool good for starting fires, shooting things in the air, using as a speedboat of sorts… he’s a fountain, a compass… he’s everything someone “stranded” on an island could want or need.
And don’t even get me started on the beautiful score which I have since added to my Google Play library. It’s gorgeous and whimsical and I fricken love it.
Give Swiss Army Man a chance… like, a real… good chance. I bought it before I even watched it and I am so glad I did because I can’t wait to rewatch it.