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Swiss Army Man
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11.15.2016 By: Sean Wist
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Director:
Dan Kwan, Daniel Scheinert

Actors:
Paul Dano
Daneil Radcliffe
Mary Elizabeth Winstead

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A man stranded on a deserted island comes across a dead body with magical properties he utilizes to get home.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
You probably know this film from the trailer where Daniel Radcliffe farts, ad nauseum. If nothing else, that will undoubtedly be the one big takeaway from the film. Indeed, the movie does open with Paul Dano's character, Hank, discovering a farting corpse who he comes to call, "Manny." This movie doesn't attempt to ease the audience into its surreal world, delivering all sorts of quirky humor and dream-like sequences before the opening title even hits. Perhaps the filmmakers knew which audience they were aiming for, and if you're in that audience, you're about to watch one of the greatest films of 2016.

Writer/directors Dan Kwan and Daniel Scheinert (credited as "Daniels") made some serious waves with their Turn Down for What music video before moving on to their first feature film. With that credential alone, I was looking forward to something new and different with Swiss Army Man...but make no mistake; this film is a serious effort featuring two stand-out performances from its leads.

Paul Dano has been delivering solid work for over a decade now so it probably won't come as surprise that he creates another persona in Hank for audiences to latch onto. When Hank comes across Manny, it's not long before the two begin to communicate and eventually talk. As fascinating and oftentimes funny as a conversation with a corpse goes, it's also a window into who Hank is as a person, which plays heavily into the mystery of how Hank ended up in this predicament.

Speaking of corpses, Daniel Radcliffe gives the performance of his career. He may forever be known as Harry Potter, but fans of the actor can tell you that he delivers in every film he takes part in. Sadly, not every film utilizes the actor to his greatest extent, so I'm happy to say that Swiss Army Man is the real deal when it comes to a solid story for Radcliffe to launch himself from. Whether he's questioning Hank's lifestyle with the wonder of a child, or farting endlessly through the forest, Manny is one of the most likeable and sympathetic characters in recent memory thanks to Daniel Radcliffe.

This film is part adventure, part comedy and part character study. It delivers plenty of humor, but also slips in some insight into how we act as a society, and how we came to be that way. The third act, admittedly, doesn't exactly close its story with all of the answers you might be seeking, but it's no less emotional or insightful. Don't let the farting corpse fool you - beyond the laughs is a great wealth of drama that may leave you on a more serious note than you expected to find. And it's all wrapped up in a beautifully entertaining package.
THE EXTRAS
Audio Commentary with writer/director Daniel Kwan, writer/director Daniel Scheinert, production designer Jason Kisvarnay, and sound mixer Brent Kiser.: For those of you keeping an ear out for the next great commentary, this one comes awfully close! Comprised of the writer/directors and a few of their crew, this commentary dives into the ridiculousness of the film head-on and gives plenty of insight into the making of the film and the intent of its filmmakers. An insightful and entertaining listen!

Swiss Army Man: Behind the Scenes (16:42): While the commentary covers most of the questions you might have about the behind-the-scenes work, this featurette actually shows you how it went down. It's a brisk and fun 17 minutes!

Making Manny (3:14): This is a very brief look at the creation of one of the Manny dummies for the film.

Deleted Scenes (9:11): A handful of deleted scenes round out this section, although there was very little fat to trim from the film in the first place.

Q & A with Filmmakers (1:06:45): This extra features a Q&A hosted by Dolby, and mostly focuses on the sound design of the film. Not as entertaining as the commentary, but still offers some interesting anecdotes regarding the movie's sound and music.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Swiss Army Man is a surprisingly introspective look at society and how its social norms come to craft the behavior of certain individuals. However, it's not beyond a a fart joke . . . or a hundred. The audience for Swiss Army Man is more specific than your usual cinematic fare, but if you're game, it delivers one of the greatest feature film debuts I've ever seen from a director (or two). The Blu-ray sports a fantastic video transfer (and sound mix) and offers up pretty much everything you'd want in terms of extras. A fantastic package for fans of the film!
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6:48PM on 11/15/2016
Watched this the other night. Man...I was absolutely bored with it, and ended up hating it by the time it was over. I heard nothing but great reviews for it when it was released in the theater, but I can't figure out why it got such praise. The whole movie felt way too much like a hipster director(s) trying to copy Michel Gondry with a splash of Spike Jonze to me, but with all style and no substance. There is no underlying message here, really...with everything being displayed prominently
Watched this the other night. Man...I was absolutely bored with it, and ended up hating it by the time it was over. I heard nothing but great reviews for it when it was released in the theater, but I can't figure out why it got such praise. The whole movie felt way too much like a hipster director(s) trying to copy Michel Gondry with a splash of Spike Jonze to me, but with all style and no substance. There is no underlying message here, really...with everything being displayed prominently on-screen. If there is a silver lining, the film looks good technically, and Dano does a good job. Plus, at least it was an original concept (kind of...). Too bad it was so boring and pretentious. (In my humble opinion!)
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10:43AM on 11/29/2016
You're certainly not alone! I've noticed that now the flick is out on Blu-ray/DVD, more and more people are seeing it and weighing in with your opinion. Certainly a 'love it or hate it' type of movie. But hey, at least we'll forever have Paul Dano and Daniel Radcliffe farting in slow motion. May it forever go down in the anals of cinema!
You're certainly not alone! I've noticed that now the flick is out on Blu-ray/DVD, more and more people are seeing it and weighing in with your opinion. Certainly a 'love it or hate it' type of movie. But hey, at least we'll forever have Paul Dano and Daniel Radcliffe farting in slow motion. May it forever go down in the anals of cinema!

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