Movie: Swiss Army Man
My Rating: 2 stars
What a strange movie. I really didn’t care for it. I don’t think it’s because I didn’t understand the movie. The story is crude, sexually awkward, illogical, disjointed and makes no kind of sense. But, I’m aware that these elements are meant to recreate the chaos inside one man’s broken psyche as he sinks slowly into madness. And, I think that attempt is largely successful. But, it’s understandable to say that it isn’t pleasant to experience that insanity first hand.
I think we were all introduced to this movie as the “farting corpse” movie. Or the “Daniel Radcliffe is a farting dead guy” movie. And yes, Daniel Radcliffe does play a dead man. And, a lot of his on-screen time is dedicated to humiliating acts such as passing gas, getting a boner, or barfing up fluids. That poor guy pretty much endures all the most embarrassing bodily functions that a human can experience, and it’s all on screen. And somehow, for the story’s purpose, each one of these visceral eliminations provides an essential survival tool for Paul Dano, who plays a living man who is stranded on a desert island. This dead body provides him with water, transportation, navigation tools, useful advice about dating women—all the essentials. It is so weird. I don’t know if I have much more to say about the movie other than you’d have to watch it for yourself to understand just how senseless it is.
I didn’t like this movie and I don’t recommend it. Of course, that might just pique your interest even more. If that’s the case, go right ahead and experience it for yourself. That’s pretty much how I experience films. I’m warned away from bad ones, but I still can’t resist. But, my investigation this time led me to a bizarre, embarrassing movie about social awkwardness at best, and insanity at the worst. Of course, there’s the novelty factor of watching Daniel Radcliffe performing a pretty convincing American accent (and humiliating himself publically). That’s some good fun. But, the rest just wasn’t interesting enough to make up for the strangeness. Skip it.