Swiss Army Man online movie review - WTF, was I watching!? Fart Art? Watching Swiss Army man is like eating Swiss cheese. It's looks good, smell bad, and it's full of holes. Yet, it's still somewhat OK to eat.
Swiss Army Man is one really bizarre polarizing movie. It's weird for weird sakes. This is one-of-a-kind unique movie not often produced in Hollywood.
The avant-garde nature of this film is really imaginative. It was a fun, interesting, unique film. The way, the film was shot was beautiful. Great use of slow motion and quick action. This is what happens if director Spike Jonze and Michel Gondy overdose on LDS, died, and was resurrection as the filmmaking duos, Dan Kwan and Daniel Schienert. This is what type of film, they would had made. A film that doesn't make any logically sense, made out of things, they really dislike about life. It's like a wackiest version of 1960's 'Swiss Family Robinson' mix with 1989's 'Weekend at Bernie's'. Written and directed by Kwan and Schienert, the movie tells the story of a stranded hopeless man, Hank Thompson (Paul Dano) befriends a dead body, Manny (Daniel Radcliffe) while, going through a surreal journey to get home. Without spoiling the movie, too much, I have to say, while, I don't mind, the lonely man who is dead inside, talking to a corpse who dead outside, but alive inside; as both Daniel Radcliffe and Paul Dano was able to pull it off. Yet, I really couldn't get behind the whole fantasy unusual abilities that Manny has. The Jet-propelling farts, erection that can be used as a compass, and water fountain spit scenes, seem a bit too out-there for me, to really like. It looks way too wacky to be, taken serious. It really did take me, out of the film for a bit. I really couldn't tell, where the film was taking itself serious or not with the physical elements of survival. Nevertheless, the movie focus a little too long, on them, playing far fantasy around in the woods, than them, trying to survive in a realistic way. The length of the film could had been cut, a bit, because of that. Still, I can't really hate those moments, because it did give us, the most delightful, yet joyful parts of the film. Yet, I can't say, the same with the endless amount of toilet humor. It got tiresome, really fast, even with the message, they trying to go for. I understand that they're using farts as a way to show that people shouldn't hold everything back, because of social norms, but there is reasons, why we, as a society have preconceived notions on what normal or not. Honestly, do you really want somebody to fart in your face, all the time!? The answer is probably, not, because it's stink and unhealthy to breath in. I'm sorry, but you just can't let out gas, everywhere. Farts do stink! Yes, it's prove that you still, somewhat alive, but some people just don't want to hear it, because it's bothersome to their own lives. There is a reason why 'too much information' was made. There is a limited to what people want to hear. Yes, I get it, it's what happens, when somebody dies, but we as a society, don't like to be reminded of the death. Its reasons why jokes like this, fail so badly. I know, the filmmakers put it in the film to troll, their audience, but it's hard to laugh at the joke, when you don't get the punchline. It's sad, because I like crass morbid humor. However, I didn't mind, the movie's frequent discussions of bodily functions and death. It wasn't a turn-off for me. Just the stupid low brow jokes that came with it. I like how they use it as a metaphor for the need to be true to oneself. Although, those scenes was thought-provoking, I thought, the best scenes in the film is the trash scenes where Hank builds various events to show Manny, what is life is meaningful, in order to turn him, more human. It's where we see the companionship between Manny and Hank, blossom. Taboo necrophilia courtship has never been so cute and lovely. I love how the film was edited as if Hank and Manny could be the same person. After all, you really don't see Hank talk over Manny. Whether or not, Manny is a metaphor for Hank's mind. You really do believe, that they honestly felt for each other. This is where Paul and Daniel shine the best in their acting. Daniel is very believable as the goofy dead body, while Paul is amazing as the straight man. I also like the twist toward the end with them with Mary Elizabeth Winstead's character, Sarah. Yet, I thought the movie could had done, better with that ending. It was kinda anticlimax. Although, the ending was a disappointment; the music that went along with this movie was not. Songs like 'Montage' and 'Cotton Eye Joe' were amazing. I like how all the songs in the soundtrack was sung acapella in tune with the idea that Hank is making this things up as he goes. It was very striking, seeing how some songs sound similar to Neil Young's 1991 'Philadelphia' spiritual soundtrack and other film scores. 'Cave Ballad' & 'A Better Way' really shows that. It's makes kinda sense with that theory. If not, it might be a bit lazy, but still somewhat spectacular. Great work by singers, Andy Hull and Robert McDowell, regardless. Overall: 'Swiss Army Man' is a very profound heartfelt story about acceptance & approval. That's both smart and very stupid. It's strives to break down all of preconceived notions that society has set up for us, allowing it's viewers, a new viewpoint on improvement by promoting self-confidence, friendship and teamwork in the most uncommon manner, possible. In the end, it's a mix bag that only you can open up to see. For me, I kinda like it. For you; I don't know. Still, I do highly recommended checking it out.