Swiss Army Man (2016), Dir. Dan Kwan & Daniel Scheinert

Swiss Army Man (2016), Dir. Dan Kwan & Daniel Scheinert
I’m scared because I fear if I die I might really miss you.
— Manny, Swiss Army Man (2016)

Stars: Paul Dano, Daniel Radcliffe, Mary Elizabeth Winstead.
Director: Dan Kwan & Daniel Scheitnert.
Screenplay: Dan Kwan & Daniel Scheitnert.

Is it weird to say that this may be Daniel Radcliffe's least wooden performance? I love Daniel in everything he has done and I always find his awkwardness rather charming but this performance was so fluid I am so happily surprised he delivered something quite different.

Not only is Radcliffe charming, but damn so is this entire movie. It lives within the fantasy world where neither the audience or characters know if it is reality or not. To be honest that does not really matter, what matters is the journey that Hank (Paul Dano) and Manny (Daniel Redcliffe) go through together. Their chemistry is so electric here, with both together in the wilderness with no one else to play off. The evolution of the friendship as Hank teaches Manny about the world they are about to belong to, using each others skills to reach civilisation in the pursuit of love.

Going into this film all I knew was that Radcliffe played a farting corpse so I was so pleasantly surprised as his character developed over the course of the film and he was was not used as just a "Wilson" for Dano to play off. This film is simpler than I thought it would be and far less reliant on farting humour. I mean, the farting is rather ridiculous but it actually is a plot device that literally gets our heroes from point A to point B. This is a survival story that is kept together by the two working together as a team. This adventure gives Hank a purpose to not only teach Manny and get him home but to realise that his life is worth something after all.

Kwan and Scheinert have made a wonderful film that can only come from the minds of real imagination and talent. To take a farting corpse and make one of the best films of 2016 is applaud worthy, well done guys.

★ ★ ★ ★ 1/2