By Jack Dignan
If somebody were to ask me what the strangest movie I've ever seen is, Swiss Army Man would definitely be up there. At its premiere at Sundance earlier in the year, it got mixed reactions, some people applauding, while others walked out. So, naturally, I had to see it. The film follows the story of Hank (Paul Dano), a man stranded on a small island in the middle of nowhere. Just before he's about to take his own life, Hank discovers the dead body of Manny (Daniel Radcliffe), who just so happens to fart so much that he's able to take Hank off the island. Yes, you read that correctly. Once off the island, Hank and Manny travel towards civilisation, Manny proving to have a lot of skills that can help them escape. He is, as they say in the movie, a multi purpose tool man, or as the title goes, a swiss army man.
This has got to be the most beautiful, heartfelt and thought-provoking 90 minute fart joke I have ever witnessed. The film is completely ridiculous, we're talking about a farting zombie here, but it's definitely worthwhile. The whole premise is one big fart joke, but it's so much more than that. It's a moving and emotional film about life, happiness, love, friendship and what it means to be human. It's a layered and deep movie that I haven't been able to get out of my head since leaving the theatre. Strange is certainly an understatement.
For this entire film, we follow these two people. A lonely man, Hank, and a talking corpse who farts a lot, Manny. Writer/directors Dan Kwan and Daniel Scheinert have managed to take a ridiculous concept about two strange, strange individuals forming a friendship through farts and turn it into a moving, sweet and shockingly relatable tale that goes through all the troubles and joys of life. Through an undead character, they manage to celebrate all the aspects of life, and it was rather hypnotising and surreal to watch unfold.