Imagine sitting down to watch a film in a dark theater. You might grab a popcorn, a drink, even a $5 box of candy. The screen lights up as the film starts to roll. You watch about 2 minutes of the film and then realize that it is one of the oddest things you have ever seen. At this point, it might not be for you... but wait for it... here it comes... POP-POP-POP POP-POP-POP... this film has just become a masterpiece. Confused? Me too. All I know is that I can watch this over and over and over and over and over and over and over again. Maybe 100 times, maybe forever.
Swiss Army Man is one of the greatest films I have ever encountered. I predict this to be my favorite film of 2016. It is a tragedy, a comedy, a drama, a mystery, a thriller, and many more. How do you revolve a story around a farting corpse? The trailers may seem shallow, but there is depth to this. Every moment of Daniel Radcliffe's presence disgusts us, but charms us at the same time. Radcliffe and Dano create a romance unlike any other romance. Oddity continues to bend around every corner as we travel across a deserted forest landscape and try to find home. Much like the two actors, we feel lost throughout the movie. We are centered with an original soundtrack performed by Radcliffe and Dano, written by Manchester Orchestra. If not for the soundtrack, I would have fallen away from the plot into a pit of despair. This soundtrack is perfection, beauty, absurdity, and entrancement.
What we see onscreen is odd at times, but we feel at home. With a world that confuses us, the Daniels show us a light at the end of the tunnel. We leave feeling hopeful, happy, torn apart, and resurrected. The plot ends and we strive for more of what we saw. Montages of a moving corpse intrigue us and creep us out. For a short 1 hour and 37 minutes, we get to forget everything we know as we soak in the art. We may not understand what we see, but it is beyond our grasp. The ending of the film gives us that exact image. It is okay to be unfamiliar with certain things, but we must accept them for what they are.
The Bottom Line: See this movie and refuse to listen to anyone that tells you otherwise. They just don't understand.
Score: 10/10 (This might be the first 10/10 I have given in the blog. Keep that in mind...)
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