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swiss-army-man_key-art_600We All Need Some Body to Lean On

“Swiss Army Man” focuses on Hank, a young man lost on a deserted island, ready to end it all.  Through an opening montage, we learn he had a boat that was destroyed and marooned him on the island.  As he has the noose around his neck, he spots a dead body that’s washed ashore.  As he struggles out of the noose, he runs over to the body, lying on his stomach; causing the gases inside the dead man’s body to come-out as flatulence.  Hank has a reason to live now; as he form a budding friendship with the body, speaking to him and carrying him around everywhere he goes.  Until one day, the body speaks back; his name is Manny.  As Hank tries to unveil Manny’s life story, he determines Manny may have a greater purpose then friendship; he may be his only hope of survival and getting home due to his unnatural bodily functions.   The rest of the film is a beautiful fart-filled story that involves conquering one’s own fears and not living life in-hiding.

Paul Dano stars as the marooned-Hank, lost on an island and ready to end his life.  Daniel Radcliffe plays the corpse who washes ashore, named Manny.  Mary Elizabeth Winstead has a brief role as the woman of Hank’s desires, Sarah.  Richard Gross plays Hank’s father.  Timothy Eulich plays a man named Preston.  Marika Casteel has a brief role as a TV reporter.

When thinking of the words to describe “Swiss Army Man”, I think a fair representation is a beautiful fart-filled tale that is bizarrely-entertaining!  One of the major reasons the film succeeds is due to the chemistry between Paul Dano and Daniel Radcliffe.  The two are so natural in their friendship, looking as if they’ve known each other for years.  At the heart of its story, “Swiss Army Man” focuses on shedding your fears, whether they be for known of unknown reasons, and search for the beauty in life.  The film features plenty of uncomfortable moments, but the story continues to build-momentum through each of them.  As evidenced in the trailers, “Swiss Army Man” contains a lot of flatulence-filled scenes.  However, not all of them were looking to be the punchline of a joke; some of them caused other emotions and even further pushed the story along.  The film also has a few other story advances, but to spoil them here would be a disservice to your viewing experience.  It’s hard to think of a more bizarre and outrageous story that has ever been told with such beauty and raw emotion; but the directorial debut of the Daniels does exactly that, in their own supremely-unique way.  Set to a score as beautiful and unique as the film, “Swiss Army Man” is truly like nothing you’ve ever seen before.  “Swiss Army Man” has a run time of 95 minutes and, though it drags a little during the slow middle, has just enough to keep your attention and the end payoff is well-worth the wait.  “Swiss Army Man” isn’t groundbreaking or Academy Award-worthy, but it certainly will be one-of-the-most talked-about and memorable films of 2016.

“Swiss Army Man” follows a man who is marooned on an island and is set to hang himself, before noticing a dead body has washed ashore.  The film features plenty of humor, raw emotion, and a heartfelt message.  “Swiss Army Man” doesn’t have to be viewed in theaters, but it is definitely a film that everyone should experience once!!   

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SWISS ARMY MAN is rated R language and sexual material, in theaters July 1st!


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