I loved this little gem of a movie, Swiss Army Man. Its beginning looks like it might be an extended and silly fart joke, but get past it and this odd duck gives so much to the viewer.
First, the story. Paul Dano is stranded on an island. Now I am a huge fan of Dano’s. From Little Miss Sunshine to No Country for Old Men to Prisoners and his award-worthy turn as Brian Wilson in Love and Mercy, by me he can do no wrong. Even the little (and I mean little) Gigantic was enjoyable. So anyway, his character, Hank, is stranded on a desert island as the story opens. He’s ready to hang it all up (literally), but voila, Manny appears on the shore, and suddenly Daniel Radcliffe is not just the face of Harry Potter. Now I will probably lose some video clerk cred by confessing this, but I have not seen any of the Harry Potter series. This might work in my behalf for Swiss Army Man because I wasn’t judging Radcliffe as either in or out of character. I just know that both these actors did a marvelous job in this fantasy, road, message, and buddy movie. So the two of them, Hank and Manny, try to find their way to someplace else, and in the process, their connection develops.
Their relationship is slow to deepen. The screenplay and direction give ample time for the characters to know one another, and their bond builds with each new experience.
And speaking of screenplays and direction, Dan Kwan and Daniel Scheinert (together referred to as “Daniels”) are co-writers and co-directors, and their collaboration yields fine results.
The sets and art direction are eye candy. They are whimsical, visual, and unusual, and I found myself giving thanks for this cool, indefinable Swiss Army Man. Give it a try. – [DVD] [Blu-Ray]
DVD Release Date: 10/4/16