Swiss Army Man: Is it Worth Your Money?

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imageSwiss Army Man (2016)
Written and directed by: Daniels (Dan Kwan & Daniel Scheinert)
Starring: Paul Dano, and Daniel Radcliffe

There are movies that as a teen I thought were brilliant and deep. They spoke to my soul, and you were an idiot if you didn’t agree because you couldn’t understand the significance of the story being told. As I grew up and truly experienced life I realized that my view point came from a place of immaturity. As an adult I re-watched these films as one does to capture the fleeting joys that nostalgia brings, and I quickly realized it was my immature view point that made these films out to be much deeper than they truly were. Swiss Army Man is certainly going to be one of those films for many Millennials.

Initial criticism for this film has been split. You have one camp that seems to think this movie is nothing more than an hour and a half of dick and fart jokes. The other side seems to hold this film is on par with the work of Michel Gondry or Spike Jonze. Imaginative, deep and meaningful, a poetic tale that preaches acceptance, a movie that fights to give dignity to people who suffer from depression/anxiety/mental illness.

I left the theater feeling none of this. My initial reaction was that Swiss Army Man was movie striving to be a Michel Gondry film, but failing due to the writers/directors own immaturity. Like they thought what they were doing had substance, but didn’t realize what they put on the screen was actually pretty superficial.

Then it all hit me, this movie really is an hour and half long dick and fart joke made at the expense of the Millennials who will no doubt love this film. The people responsible for this movie, Daniel Scheinert and Daniel Kwan (collectively known as Daniels) only previous work of note has been on shows belonging to Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim line-up, Funny or Die sketches, and music videos like LIL JON’s “Turn Down for What.” Not that those things aren’t entertaining, it just lends to my opinion that there was nothing serious about Swiss Army Man.

I know it sounds like I didn’t like this movie at all, and a lot of that stems from my urge to combat some of the buzz surrounding it. I do think this movie is worth watching. The stellar acting from Paul Dano, and Daniel Radcliffe is worth it alone. I’m sure it will wind up on Netflix at some point, and when it does you should absolutely throw it on the TV. Just don’t try and tell me this movie has any meaningful substance to it, and unless you’re a stereotypical twenty something hipster Swiss Army Man is not worth your money. Not theater money at least.

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