Watch – Swiss Army Man

Swiss Army Man staring Paul Dano and Daniel Radcliffe

“You’re like the multi-purpose tool guy.”
Love the commitment to saying the name, but not saying the name of the movie.

Swiss Army Man staring Daniel Radcliffe – you might know him from Harry Potter – came out in 2016 and we just got around to watching it. Sometimes we scan through Netflix for a long time and then just click on something rated 1 star or other weird-looking movies. This reminded me to watch this extremely odd-looking movie – it didn’t disappoint.

So you got our main man Hank (Paul Dano) and he’s stuck on a wee tiny island. You don’t know much about him, but he’s about to give up and hang himself when Manny (Daniel Radcliffe) washes up on shore. Using Manny’s outrageously strong gas build up to propel themselves through the water like a boat they escape the island. Hank and Manny proceed to go through many adventures as Manny becomes more and more human and gains odd abilities; karate chopping wood and being a human water fountain.

I couldn’t help but think of that Ryan Reynold’s movie, The Voices. In the movie he’s a mentally ill man who keeps around the heads of his accidental-ish murder victims. However you see it from his perspective where they stay fresh and then find out how gross they are later in the movie. During Swiss Army Man, that is all I could think of. This guy Hank is obviously a little unhinged and I kept waiting for the reveal of Manny being a super disgusting corpse. We were thankfully spared that, but I did squirm in my seat a couple of times. For example, Hank finds out that Manny’s body has been collecting liquid and when he pushes on Manny’s chest Manny practically projectile vomits water. Being lost in the wilderness Hank then decides to drink said water. This of course resulted in me going, “oh no, please don’t, don’t do it.” and covering my eyes slightly while gagging.

This movie is full of the awkward, weird, strange and silly – It’s also full of fun, self-awareness, introspection and joy. I’m not really one for fart gags, but in this movie it seemed oddly appropriate. Even with all the silliness and humor it has an interesting commentary on life, just perhaps put in a different way then you’d expect. Manny seems to have forgotten all about his previous life so Hank has to explain it to him in a really charming way.

I enjoyed this film a lot and I’d tell you to go watch it if you have a slightly of kilter sense of humor and are fairly open-minded.

Favourite quotes:

“If my best friend hides his farts from me then what else is he hiding from me, and why does that make me feel so alone?” – Manny

“Before the Internet every girl was a lot more special.” – Hank

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