Swiss Army Man

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Swiss Army Man: a marooned man befriends a washed-up corpse, who turns out to be very useful for getting them back home in one piece. Both leads are very strong; Radcliffe turns in a superb physical performance paired with equally strong deadpan comic delivery. Paul Dano is also great to watch, but feels more like he’s cruising in his typecast weirdo role. Together, they have undeniably fun ‘bromance’ chemistry that really elevates the film. Tonally, “eclectic” doesn’t do this film justice: it’s creepy, uplifting, strange, beautiful, depressing, funny, weird, innocent, unique, entertaining, and batshit crazy – all at the same time. It shifts and shimmies between all of its quirky ideas so quickly that it stops you even thinking about how and why all of the surreal things are able to happen. It like the kind weird films you’d have expected to come out of Japan in the early 2000s, and most resembles cinematic oddities like Rubber, Happiness of the Katakuris, and a little bit of Be Kind Rewind. It feels like the filmmakers were really wanted to bring up some observations about our modern values and way of living… but because of all the farting, trouser compassing, and fart-based jet skiing & flying the film ends up avoiding any deep or meaningful insights altogether, coming across as superficial a ‘pop philosophy 101’ class. Swiss Army Man is truly a film like no other, and one which defies categorization; and it really does need to be seen to be believed… however, it does feel more like a collection of individually ‘cool’ ideas, jokes, and moments that would be better suited to a barnstorming music video, or more focused, upbeat, and magical short film.

Score: 7/10

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4 comments
  1. Interestingly, Radcliffe carved a niche of his own beyond Harry Potter mania…. He is therefore a flexible actor worthy of emulation….

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    • Paragraph Film Reviews said:

      He really does a great job here. Doesn’t look too convincing in Imperium (from the trailer), but as long as he keeps going against his typecasting I’m sure there will be plenty more good roles like this thrown his way.

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  2. Nostra said:

    Saw this last week and really loved it. It takes the ugliest things and turns it into something beautiful!

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    • Paragraph Film Reviews said:

      Absolutely – never thought you could leave the cinema feeling happy and uplifted after the way the last 10 minutes or so turned out.

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