Swiss Army Man | Daniel Radcliffe’s farting corpse proves a lifeline for castaway Paul Dano

Swiss Army Man Daniel Radcliffe Paul Dano

We all need some body to lean on

Paul Dano and Daniel Radcliffe make the oddest of odd couples in bizarre buddy comedy Swiss Army Man.

Dano plays a despairing desert island castaway and Radcliffe is the flatulent washed-ashore corpse who turns out to be his lifeline. Just how that happens is highly surreal – as you might expect from the feature film debut of off-the-wall music-video directors Daniel Scheinert and Daniel Kwan (aka ‘the Daniels’).

Radcliffe’s body, dubbed Manny by Dano’s Hank, turns out to be a veritable multipurpose tool with all manner of strange functions. First, Hank rides Manny like a jet ski to get back to the mainland, propelled by his post-mortem gas. Later, Manny’s penis proves a divining rod that points the way back to civilisation. And he provides many other, equally weird uses in between.

This yields opportunities galore for darkly funny physical comedy – brilliantly performed by Radcliffe, it has to be said. But as Manny regains the power of speech, the pair’s friendship offers a surprising undercurrent of existential melancholy, too.

Certificate 15. Runtime 94 mins. Directors Daniel Scheinert, Daniel Kwan

Swiss Army Man on Blu-ray and DVD from Lionsgate UK.

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