Swiss Army Man is the most out there and original concept for a film I’ve seen in a long time. It is so quirky and charming that it shouldn’t be at first but captures that magic so effortlessly. There is real heart and energy that reflects off in the film to make you feel joy. Paul Dano and Daniel Radcliffe have such great realistic chemistry in showing a growing friendship throughout the film.
The only negatives I had with the film, was the ending, I felt it fell apart and wasn’t at the same level the rest of the picture was. It wasn’t a smooth as an ending as I would like, it became over the top — that’s saying a lot for a picture with a farting corpse. The comedy was such a strong point of the the whole film. It is very smart comedy that doesn’t feel immature or childish — it actually has some class to it that makes you think.
If my best friend hides his farts from me then what else is he hiding from me, and why does that make me feel so alone?
There was some strong moments in the film with Daniel Radcliffe’s character Manny, where he rebuttals Paul Dano’s character (Hank) why he wanted to be home and spoke on the reality of how uninteresting and unappealing it is to exist in the real world when you can escape and live on an island by yourself. The montages of Hank helping Manny learn what is it to live highlights the “why” of the reasons to live in such a bland stated world which could seem unappealing.
Overall I would say this is the most original film that is smart, humorous, over the top but still has cache when it comes to quality entertainment. In this age of reboots, remakes, adaptations of popular characters — it is nice to see something out of the box stand out so well and have such heart and integrity to the overall final product. During this lackluster summer movie season this film definitely stands out from the crowd.