Weird Movie Reviews: Swiss Army Man

The article’s title says it all, this was a weird movie. So, I tried to watch it with no expectations and by the end I was thoroughly impressed.

My entire knowledge of this film consisted of what I read from a short synopsis online and I thought, “Oh, Castaway with a corpse that farts, sweet!” It definitely delivered on the farts early on and all i could think was, “I hope this movie isn’t just Paul Dano trying to decipher what those farts mean.” I almost stopped, but I thought to myself “keep an open mind,” so I continued and boy was I glad. Hank and Manny, played by Paul Dano and Daniel Radcliffe respectively, had amazing chemistry. The friendship between the two characters felt real and was genuinely endearing. The dialogue was clever and well written. Daniel Radcliffe’s delivery as a corpse trying to relearn how to be alive was spot on and delivered some of the funniest moments during the film. The film’s take on the loneliness and awkwardness of modern life was insightful and poignant. I found it  thoroughly enjoyable to watch Dano’s character doing his best to teach Radcliffe’s character proper etiquette and how to fit back into society while he learning an even deeper lesson about life and how to live it fully along the way. Also, the soundtrack totally kicked ass.

So, how did I feel about the film overall? Well, I loved it, I found the film’s premise strange at first, but as the movie unfolded i really started to understand the vision the writers and filmmakers had for the film. Overall, I found the film to be imaginative and unique, everything one would want to find in a weird movie. My only gripe with the film was that the ending felt just a little bit rushed compared to the rest of the film, which to me felt very carefully thought out. I give this film a 4 out of 5 and if you’re in the mood for a weird film and some laughs then maybe you should check it out.

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