The Weird Beauty to “Swiss Army Man”

Some have really hated this movie and some have really loved it… but is there room for an in-between? This independent film surely packs some sort of punch even if it isn’t conventional. Originality is where the film succeeds, but it is also the Achilles’ heel. Just because something is original does not always mean that it is good. However, it will certainly leave a lasting impression.

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I just watched this movie last week and could not resist posting about it. Although not able to stream for free yet, it can be found on Google, Youtube, or Amazon Video. I knew people who after watching for a short period of time, immediately turned this movie off. Whereas, other film lovers that I knew kept watching and some praised the freshness this film brought to the screen. I for one am caught in the middle. I enjoyed the concept, humor, and A cappella  soundtrack that scored the film, but thought it all eventually fell flat about halfway through the movie. Do not expect a masterpiece going into this movie, but do expect something you’ve never seen before. Set on an island where we meet our stranded main character Hank, played by Paul Dano, he desires to end his life. However, this quickly changes when a dead body washes up on the shore. Surprised by the casting of Daniel Radcliffe, his character, Manny is our washed-up corpse. Hank, engulfed by desperation quickly addresses this corpse and the basis of the film is born. This corpse is not exactly as it appears and starts to emote and talk as an actual living person does, while still limited to the capabilities of a corpse. As stated from others before, Weekend at Bernie’s meets Castaway in a weird stranded, love-affair way.
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Hank rediscovers himself in Manny who not only becomes Hank’s sole friend, but a human swiss army knife – hence the name of the movie. Trying to find their way back home the two discuss life, love, and happiness. Filled with childish humor and gross interactions with the corpse, this is not always attractive in its core. After awhile it just becomes redundant and the ending falls flat, but still maintains that sense of originality. For the purpose of no spoilers you probably will have the same reaction as the characters in the end of the movie. I for one shared the emotions as a particular character at the very end and even shared the words the character spoke. So if you have free time and are interested in a movie that will surely keep your attention, watch this movie. It’s not the best you’ll ever see, but you will not fall asleep watching it.

Author: Connor Schmiegel

Classic rock fanatic, actor, tv & film buff, and political talker. Currently discovering my way in life.

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