Review: Swiss Army Man
Maybe we're all pieces of shit.
Hank (Paul Dano) is stranded on an island somewhere in the north pacific. He's been there for a while, and just as he's about to hang himself, a farting corpse (Daniel Radcliffe) washes up on shore. Within minutes, Hank is riding this thing through the water like a jet ski in hopes that he will find civilization again.
This corpse eventually starts to speak to Hank, his name is Manny, and Hank finds himself explaining the meaning of life to him. Manny isn't just dead weight for Hank to carry around for company either. Aside from fart skiing, he turns into a water faucet for Hank to drink, his boner works as a compass, and he is eventually used to hunt small animals to. Manny is a Godsend, but the more he tries to remember about life, the harder it is for Hank to hit him with reality.
If you couldn't tell by my brief plot synopsis, this movie is fucking weird. The Lobster may have just been unseated in the bizarre movie of 2016 category. What it does do better is keep a coherent story. Swiss Army Man, under all those fart jokes is actually a very sweet commentary on finding love.
Paul Dano as always is spectacular. He has great chemistry with Daniel Radcliffe. The characters are so different. Manny's child like view on life sets him up for most of the laughs, but it's Dano who has to carry the emotional weight. (And the sound track, most of it is mixes of him singing or humming tunes.) The set design is brilliant. Being lost in a forest should be very minimalistic, but they build some amazing props.
Memorable quote: "If you don't know Jurassic Park, you don't know shit." - Hank (Paul Dano)