“The farting-corpse movie,” also known as Swiss Army Man, written and directed by directorial duo DANIELS (Daniel Kwan & Daniel Scheinert), is about Hank (Paul Dano), a weird white loner who has run away from home and gotten himself stranded on an island. Even lonelier now, Hank is on the verge of committing suicide when he sees a corpse (Daniel Radcliffe) float to shore. At first the corpse only farts and Hank despairs. But then, showing signs of life, the corpse starts imitating Hank’s speech. As Hank develops a paternal relationship with the corpse he decides to return to civilization. The movie is a touching bromance and those in that demo may like it. Otherwise, although Dano is a fine actor, it takes reservoirs of empathy to care about his earnestly pathetic character. Radcliffe, meanwhile, steals the movie, sounding like Nathan and/or Mimsy from South Park. Swiss Army Army has a blue-tinged, vivid look and a rousing score that plays throughout.
By Alec Julian & Carrie White