Thursday, July 14

Haiku Revieu | Swiss Army Man

Thursday, July 14
Swiss Army Man
★★

Paul D. is shipwrecked
And Daniel Radcliffe is dead
This movie is weird



A hopeless man stranded in the wilderness befriends a dead body and together they go on a surreal journey to get home.


Before I get into my review, I have a disclaimer: I might have not been the right audience for this movie. (I've heard so many people rave about it, and, well, you'll see how I felt below.) So, grain of salt.

Going to see Swiss Army Man was the Mister's idea, but I was game to check it out. I'm not purely a "mainstream" movie fan—I do like to branch out from superheroes and action sequences on occasion. I knew it was going to be a strange movie from seeing the preview and reading various snippets of reviews, but I was hoping the strangeness would balance out with the rest of the plot.

Sadly, that didn't quite happen. Instead, Swiss Army Man made me uncomfortable, physically, thanks to what Hank (Paul Dano) uses Manny (Daniel Radcliffe) for. Nothing drastically inappropriate, mind you, but think about the title of the movie and watch the trailer and you'll see what I mean.

The movie was definitely more magical than I'd expected, however, and left me with a sense of hope that I wasn't expecting. I also enjoyed Dano and Radcliffe's chemistry, and Radcliffe pulled off being a dead body surprisingly well.

I just ... I don't really know what to think. Even now, nearly two weeks after seeing the movie, I'm conflicted. I (really) don't want to see it again, but it wasn't all bad. Just really, really weird.

If you've seen it, or plan to, I'd love to hear your thoughts!

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