Film Review: Swiss Army Man

DIRECTOR: Dan Kwan, Daniel Scheinert STARRING: Paul Dano, Daniel Radcliffe, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Antonia Ribero, Timothy Eulich, Richard Gross, Marika Casteel, Andy Hull, Aaron Marshall, Shane Carruth, Jessica Harbeck USA 2016


What a weird, unexpected, awkward yet funny and moving film. A blend of mixed feelings is what you’ll get after watching Swiss Army Man. This is the feature film debut of music video directors Daniel Scheinert and Daniel Kwan and they approached it with no limits and reaching with it to a high point of their creativity and exploration. A little about the film without telling too much details: Hank (Paul Dano) is stranded on a deserted island, having given up all hope of ever making it home again. But one day everything changes when a corpse named Manny (Daniel Radcliffe) appears on the shore. The two become fast friends and go on an unbelievable adventure that dwell on subjects such as friendship, loneliness, survival, and more weird stuff. Swiss Army Man has a world of its own, which is quite peculiar and special, seeing Dano and Radcliffe committing into their roles in such an exceptional and remarkably way. There’s a bunch of humorous and emotive moments, making the audience either laugh or get really emotional. By the end of the film, I just wondered what the fuck just happened here, but then it just made total sense – even if doesn’t make no sense at all. Well, that’s up to everyone’s interpretation. Swiss Army Man is quite something.

Words by Andreia Alves
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