Swiss Army Man USA
Director: Dan Kwan, Daniel Scheinert
Cast: Paul Dano, Daniel Radcliffe, Mary Elizabeth Winstead
Runtime: 95 minutes
Showtime: April 30th 10:15 AM
Sundance Film Festival: Best Directors, Kwan & Scheinert; Catalonian International Film
Festival: Best Feature-Length Film. Four other wins, 20 other international nominations.
“Swiss Army Man is crazy, magical, absurd, funny, sad, creepy – all that and probably more.”—Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic
Swiss Army Man tells the rather inexplicable story of a shipwrecked man (Paul Dano’s Hank) who stumbles upon a dead body (Daniel Radcliffe’s Manny) and discovers that it’s somehow responsive. Thus begins the oddball friendship that ensues between the extremely mismatched pair.
Swiss Army Man is one of the most overtly oddball films to emerge in quite some time. Filmmakers Dan Kwan and Daniel Scheinert demonstrate a knack for engaging cinematic weirdness.
The narrative is infused with unexpectedly potent bursts of emotion with the increasingly compelling bond between the two protagonists heightened by an emphasis on impressively cinematic set-pieces and sequences.
Like an innocent newborn, Manny has no memory of his previous life, and Hank provides him with life lessons, running the gamut from love and sex to loneliness and death. Their interaction is punctuated—literally—for Manny’s penchant for flatulence which proves at times to have some practical applications that, among other talents, somehow enhances their very basic living conditions.
The movie’s high point is a dazzling interlude in which Hank attempts to jog Manny’s memory by replicating a pivotal bus ride.
From there, Swiss Army Man, anchored by its incredible lead performances, entertainingly makes its way through a second half that’s often captivating with the hilariously off-the-wall conclusion cementing the movie’s place as a singularly conceived and executed piece of work.
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