“Swiss Army Man” Review

30 October, 2016

Directors: Dan Kwan, Daniel Scheinert
Screenwriters: Dan Kwan, Daniel Scheinert
Director of Photography:  Larkin Seiple
Cast: Paul Dano, Daniel Radcliffe

Synopsis: A suicidal man stranded on an island finds the way to escape after a bloated corpse floats ashore. Using a bizarre tactic to reach the coast, the loner realises that the body is lucid and the two strike up an intense friendship involving a number of life lessons and adventures.

Swiss Army Man Review:

A multi-tool of a metaphor crafted with the nuance of true art cinema, “Swiss Army Man” is a unique and surprisingly coherent depiction of strength and survival in a time where all hope is lost. Always acutely aware of the subtle charm of “Cast Away”’s Wilson, the film replaces Robert Zemeckis’ volleyball with a shipwrecked dead body introduced as the hallucinated saviour of a man on the verge of a nervous breakdown. Manny refills the void excavated by loneliness while providing the literal tools needed for his new friend to return to safety.

With a mouthful of fresh drinking water, fingers like matchsticks, and a machine gun for a body, the corpse is quite literally the embodiment of a lost man’s liberator and his symbolic arrival provides an excuse for the gloomy Hank to rediscover what it means to be alive. “Swiss Army Man” is an emotional, musical delight with more than enough quirkiness to go around. To call it ‘a movie about a farting corpse’  is to do a disservice to such an inimitable and uplifting experience.

The film exists to put a smile on your face and a tear in your eye in what can only be described as a thoroughly enriching take on the beauty within the mundane. “Swiss Army Man” reminds us that life is about music, dancing, and laughter but that we must wade our way through the clumsiness and uncertainty of existence in order to reap such magnificent benefits.

 

   

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