At this year’s Sundance Film Festival, there was a lot of ink spilled about “Swiss Army Man.” Sure, the movie is odd, and maybe even difficult, but it was the farting that captured the most attention. The movie is filled with flatulence, but leave it to A24 to pick up the challenging picture and bring it to cinemas.
Directed and written by Daniels (Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert), and starring Paul Dano, Daniel Radcliffeand Mary Elizabeth Winstead, the movie follows the unlikely adventure between a man stranded on a deserted island and a corpse. Here’s the official synopsis:
Hank (Paul Dano) is stranded on a deserted island, having given up all hope of ever making it home again. But one day everything changes when a corpse named Manny (Daniel Radcliffe) washes up on shore; the two become fast friends, and ultimately go on an epic adventure that will bring Hank back to the woman of his dreams.
Swiss Army Man creates a world like no other—a place of pure fantastical imagination, brimming with magical realism yet featuring two characters whose dreams and fears are entirely relatable. Dano and Radcliffe both fully commit to their directors’ audacious vision, and their work is exceptional, finding the perfect balance of humor and heart that drives the whole film. A celebration of all the wonders cinema has to offer, Swiss Army Man is ultimately all the more remarkable for using its dazzling originality to tell a universal story of human complexity and connection.