Swiss Army Man movie review - Aussieboyreviews


Daniel Radcliffe hilariously takes the role of an undead corpse, but Paul Dano is equally as brilliant in this comedy. Definitely watch Swiss Army Man if you’re in the mood for something odd, weird, but profound.


Before attempting to take his own life, a man stranded on a deserted island notices a dead body wash up on the shore. Once realising the corpse is flatulent and beholds special powers, he ends up befriending the body and the two embark on a journey to return home.

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Movie details

Director: Daniel Scheinert, Daniel Kwan
Cast: Paul Dano, Daniel Radcliffe, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Richard Gross, Antonia Ribero
Writer: Daniel Scheinert, Daniel Kwan
Release Date (Australia): 14 July 2016
Runtime: 97 minutes/1h 37m
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Adventure
Country: USA
Language: English

CONTENT GUIDE (warning: May contain spoilers)

Themes (M)

The film contains thematic elements in the form of crude humour, a lengthy scene in which a man attempts to commit suicide by hanging himself, frequent fantasised depictions of a corpse and several references to death.

Violence (M)

The film contains a scene in which characters are attacked by a bear, depictions of blood detail, punching and a character breaking his leg.

Coarse Language (M)

The film features use of the words “f**k”, “s**t”, “ass” and “hell”.

Nudity (PG)

The film includes brief depictions of the buttocks of a man’s corpse.

Sex (M)

The film includes verbal sexual references to masturbation, sexual acts and crude scenes in which a man is depicted with an erection under his pants.

mpaa rating

R (for language and sexual material)

Aussie boy's thoughts

To put this extremely odd movie in one easy sentence, it’s a totally bizarre absurdist-comedy that uses lots of farts as a childish metaphor for its core message. It’s a movie where the first fart makes you laugh, and the last fart makes you cry. But the metaphor is to do with the fact that farts are something we bottle up inside of us, just as well as things such as expressing romantic interest and singing out loud, which the film also looks into, But you’ll have to see it for yourself if you want the full influence.

Swiss Army Man is a comedy that kind of mixes Cast Away, corpses and fart jokes to craft a rather touching story that begins with a man attempting to end his life by hanging himself, before he notices a dead body wash up on the shore. It was created by joined-forces filmmakers Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, together known as ‘Daniels’, and features a main cast of Paul Dano and Daniel Radcliffe. If this is all you have heard about this film, don’t look any further. Swiss Army Man is another beautiful-looking, cinematic surprise of a movie you’ll find more (pleasant) shock and enjoyment in it if you enter with no expectations, anticipations or an idea of what the concept folds into.

However, there are so many things worth keeping in mind before considering seeing this very different movie; firstly is that it is gassed up with tons of absurd and often awkward fart jokes, that do however end up serving a point to the sober theme that this movie wants to explore. But also keep in mind that Harry Potter star Daniel Radliffe as an undead corpse and Paul Dano as a hopeless man stranded on a deserted island make for a duo of quirky personalities that are as a result of the greatest performances these actors’ careers have each ever seen.

Swiss Army Man is usually very childish and takes the body-related jokes a few notches higher than most kids’ movies would strive for. But it’s a very creative, adventurous, feel-good and colourful comedy-drama for teenagers and adults whose stomachs can handle frequent funny moments and whose brains can handle a minor ‘difficulty’ the film has, which is its ending. You may convince yourself to watch this movie over and over until you understand what its substance is, but the third act has a bit of trouble with delivering the point it wants to make.

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