DVD review: Swiss Army Man (4 out of 5)

Confession time. I'm not a great fan of Daniel Radcliffe.

Swiss Army Man
Swiss Army Man

He’s been in some pretty average movies (eg ‘Now you See Me 2’, ‘Victor Frankenstein’) but to be fair ‘The Woman in Black’ was a much better role.

And in Swiss Army Man he is really good.

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That’s not because he plays a dead man either.

Both he and Paul Dano (who I most definitely do like as an actor) work together well in this very unusual but superbly constructed movie.

Dano plays Hank, a hopeless case who is stranded on a deserted island and is seriously considering ending it all.

However, he spots a body (Manny played by Radcliffe) washed up on the beach.

In Hank’s mind Manny is able to speak and has a variety of uses (hence the Swiss Army knife type reference).

My favourite is a very novel the drinks dispenser idea.

Manny and Hank then embark on a weird and wonderful trip home.

There’s plenty of comic moments but at its heart is a very sad story of a man unable to cope with real life.

Radcliffe’s American accent sounds pretty convincing to me and he and Dano seem to have a great rapport.

It certainly goes down as one of the more unusual films from last year but well worth a visit.

Lionsgate UK’s Swiss Army Man is now out on DVD and Blu-ray.