This weekend I was invited to see Swiss Army Man. Before I stepped into the theater, I had seen a movie poster and some photographs of Dan Radcliffe with no context. I like Paul Dano. I like Dan Radcliffe. So I went. It was wonderful.
I don’t want to give you a synopsis, because why would you go see it? I also kind of like the idea of going to a movie with zero expectations. Anyways, Swiss Army Man debuted at Sundance this year to mixed reviews. Probably because, it’s a strange movie. But how often do you leave a theater feeling pleasantly surprised about a movie involving a dead body? How often do you leave a theater feeling like you’ve just seen a movie that is the first of it’s kind. People keep comparing it to Weekend at Bernie’s or Cast Away. But that just doesn’t do Swiss Army Man justice, because it is isn’t just some standard comedy that is a mash up of other successful movies. It’s heart and intentions are more than that.
It’s a delightful mix of friendship, fantasy and flatulence. You just have to decide that you are gonna go with it. Cinematically, it’s beautiful. The acting is superb. Dano and Radcliffe have a wonderful chemistry, and they are both exceptionally talented actors. It’s funny and entertaining, and for 95 minutes, you won’t take life too seriously. It’s worth it.
I happened (by happy accident) to end up at a screening where the Daniels and Paul Dano had a short panel after. They were all delightful human beings as well. They are definitely going to be a directing/writing team to keep an eye on.