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Swiss Army Man - A Review

Rating: 3.5/5

This is my first movie review for my website so its here on the main page. I honestly still have no idea how to add a link to a page with this review so, whatevs, we'll do it here and we'll do it live.

Anyway I saw 'Swiss Army Man' Wednesday night (one of those "see alone" Nick Rojas movies, as opposed to, well, actually most of them are see alone movies in my world. Anyway This movie stars Paul Dano and Daniel Radcliffe in a way you've never seen them before. Dano plays Hank, a man on a deserted island who's about to take his own life when he sees Manny, played by Radcliffe, wash up on shore as a dead corpse. Without giving it away, Hank makes a discovery about Manny that sets the story on its way.

I'm going to be real with you. This movie is NOT for everyone. But to quote Lloyd Christmas, I liked it. I liked it a lot.

If you accept what happens in the first 15 minutes as the tone of the movie, you will be able to enjoy this movie, but its asking for quite a bit from the viewer to suspend disbelief and to maybe enjoy a childish joke or two. But what makes this movie very good in my opinion is the middle of the film, where it becomes a buddy movie between Hank and Manny, when you're wondering if they'll ever make it home. Manny's childlike wonderment at the world will make you second guess the decisions you've been making - or haven't - that will grip viewers in and make them want to be more open with themselves and to not be afraid.

The last parts of the movie are a little bit out there, even for this movie. Its a film that keeps you guessing and wondering if what we're seeing is real or through the eyes of Hank. Regardless of how I felt about the latter part of the movie, I still walked away smiling after the last shot of it. Overall, it was another solid A24 films production and something that I enjoyed on a summer night. If you enjoy quirky (really quirky) comedies, and movies that are unlike any you've seen before and make you think a little, this one is for you.

Although trailers often give away way, way too much these days, here it is: