“Paul Dano has said that when he was first pitched this movie, the directors were aiming to make a film where the first far makes you laugh, and the last fart makes you cry. Daniel Radcliffe said something about how he wouldn’t want to regret seeing another actor on the screen, if he passed on it for being bizarre. Me, I couldn’t wait to see this this really strange looking piece of unique cinema.
For the record, the first far didn’t really make me laugh, but the second one certainly did. And while I’m not a cryer, I was rather unexpectedly emotional for the last one. So, I suppose it’s mission accomplished then. While they’re a big part of the film (not just for laughs, but also a major component of the emotional arc…just trust me), the movie is not strictly about flatulence. Paul Dano’s Hank has been stranded on an island for unknown reasons. Right when he’s ready to give up, he sees Daniel Radcliffe’s corpse wash up onshore. Despite being dead, Manny the corpse has some unexpected but super useful powers, including the ability to speak, that Hank utilizes to try and get him home to safety. What ensues is a very sweet buddy comedy about life and hope and trust.
I was about to say that I didn’t wanna say much more, because this is the kind of movie that just needs to be experienced, but then I remembered that I’m pretty sure I’ve used that exact line a couple times before. So, I’ll say that this is a movie that needs to be approached with an open mind and an open heart. Our two leading guys play off each other fantastically, and the story is inspiring in ways that you’d never expect.
My main takeaway, is that in a year where I’m complaining about the unnecessary sequels and rehashes, we have had a few bright spots of some of the most unique films out there. The Lobster, Tickled, and now, Swiss Army Man.”