Swiss Army Man

Alone on a tiny deserted island, Hank has given up all hope of ever making it home again. But one day everything changes when a dead body washes ashore, and he soon realizes it may be his last opportunity to escape certain death. Armed with his new “friend” and an unusual bag of tricks, the duo go on an epic adventure to bring Hank back to the woman of his dreams.

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  • ★★★★½ review by Eli Hayes on Letterboxd

    subverts the entire notion of "low brow" by inherently transforming what is considered low brow and crude into something high brow and clever, even profound. maybe not my absolute favorite film of the year but quite possibly the most creative and imaginative film of '16. also taps into the subconscious of its protagonist in such a hilarious and fantastical way that I can guarantee you've never seen a character study done even remotely in this fashion. and my god, that score; I love Manchester Orchestra (as well as pretty much any project that has ever involved Andy Hull) and my love for them now extends even further.

  • ★★★★ review by SilentDawn on Letterboxd

    76/100

    Flatulence as connection and survival as twee-independent fantasy, Swiss Army Man is a surrealistic duo journey born out of an inherently funny act, taking the idea of farting and death and portraying it as an ultimate form of release. Gas becomes freeing, gratifying and personal for two souls rather than just one. Paul Dano and Daniel Radcliffe are brave, impeccable performers, riding the line between melancholic beauty and off-putting creepiness perfectly. Never is the corpse/human relationship broken, taken for granted, or ruined for plot progression. It's genuinely sweet, like a father raising a child in the fraction of the time. The world is new, dewy and innocent. Even sweeter is the Daniels' eye for streams of imagery that fit right into their very particular vision, cutting alienating shots and cuts of various length and extremity into the overall rhythm of the narrative. Its ending is just an extension of this kind of story, and it concludes without latching onto a stupid idea or making one too many turns. It's an inevitable coda to an unforgettable little story. Originality isn't dead.

  • ★★★★½ review by Eli Hayes on Letterboxd

    the niche (but extreme) backlash that this got, and still gets, in certain films circles, makes me want to force feed myself swiss cheese and blended up army men until I vomit a soft, milky plastic substance all over the walls of my apartment.

  • ★★★★½ review by Filbrick Pines on Letterboxd

    You can't spell fart without art.

  • ★★★★★ review by Tim League on Letterboxd

    One of my favorite films of the year! Soooo good, so funny, so original, so dark. So much more than just a fart joke.

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