‘Swiss Army Man’: bromance beyond the grave

By: Sam Martini ~Staff Writer~

Photos courtesy of nofilmschool.com | Swiss Army Man follows the bizarre friendship between Manny, a corpse played by Daniel Radcliff (left), and suicidal Hank, played by Paul Dano (right).

One of the best films of the year, Swiss Army Man, is the story of a suicidal man teaching a dead body to live again. It is truly a moving piece, as well as the best two-hour fart joke you will ever witness.

Premiering at the Sundance Film Festival, several people walked out of the film due to its obscure nature. But this did not stop it from earning a theatrical release or directors Dan Kwanand and Daniel Scheinert from winning the Sundance 2016 Best Director Award.

The main cast consists of Paul Dano as Hank, a man trapped on an abandoned island and Daniel Radcliffe as Manny, the dead body that has drifted ashore.

The pair is truly astonishing, bringing a bromance to the screen like you’ve never seen before. Dano having to explain basic living to a dead Radcliffe is truly hilarious. The main conflict isn’t only trying to get back to civilization but also a weird and awkward love triangle among Dano, Radcliffe and a phone with a picture of Sarah, played by Mary Elizabeth Winstead.

The film gets its name through its main trope, Radcliffe being a human Swiss Army Knife. He’s able to produce water from his stomach, chop logs in half and most importantly use his farts as a way of transportation.

Not only are the performances fantastic, but the film is accompanied with a soundtrack that consists of just Dano and Radcliffe making various sounds to produce a piece. This is one of the most notable things about the movie, providing an animalistic nature while giving us insight on an otherwise quiet film.

The film may indeed be absurd, but it is a fantastic spiritual ride that will leave you questioning your own will to live and why you keep going at the end of the day. One of the best films this year, it is simply unpredictable. To use the directors’ words, “the first fart makes you laugh, and the last fart makes you cry.”