Tuesday, 3 January 2017

Swiss Army Man - Phil's Five Words for Films

Swiss Army Man OK. So here it is, the premise. A desperate man discovers a farting, dead body on a beach and the two become friends, embarking on a flatulent journey that will bring them to the edges of society and maybe even save a life. If you don’t find the premise intriguing, then don’t watch the film. If you do however, you will see the most quirky, original and strangely poignant film that you’ll have seen in a while. Directed by Daniel Kwan & Daniel Scheinert. There are two great performances at the centre of the film and both Daniel Radcliffe and Paul Dano fully embrace the characters and bring us an arty, grotesque and touching comment on loneliness, society, depression and acceptance. There are moments that do feel like missed steps including, to my mind, the final scene but on the whole, the imagination and strange beauty of  the film’s central premise carries it through. A genuinely bizarre, humorous and unconventional film. An odd journey. An odd, wind powered journey towards hope. 
7.5 out of 10
Cert 15 (UK)
97mins 2016. 

See the trailer here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yrK1f4TsQfM