SWISS ARMY MAN – Rated R – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

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SWISS ARMY MAN – Rated R – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

Starring Paul Dano, Daniel Radcliffe and Mary Elizabeth Winstead

As we venture into what I can only imagine is the warped sense of humor and psyche of writers and directors Dan Kwan and Daniel Scheinert ~ We meet Hank (Paul Dano), who is stranded on a remote island ~ about to commit suicide ~ but changes his mind when a body washes up on the beach, right before his very eyes. Excited for some companionship, even if it is from an apparent corpse, Hank names his new friend Manny (Daniel Radcliffe) and proceeds to converse with his awesome new friend visiting from the sea…

When Hank realizes that Manny apparently has lots of “Magic Powers” which inevitably may help him on his quest back to civilization ~ our two adventurers set back out to sea, hoping to come across a civilized land mass shortly…

With Hank’s wish granted, thanks to Manny’s super-powered gas expelling…Our boys find themselves back on dry land, but it seems Hank’s mental faculties are slipping away very quickly – as now he is envisioning even more super awesome ways that his dead friend can help him – including Manny getting back his ability to speak, so why not have him throw in a little love advise in Hank’s way now too….

As this encounter between friends plays out more unconventional with each passing moment, it seems that the help that Hank needs lies just right around the corner, but will his relationship with a dead guy, be even more than this help can handle???

I give SWISS ARMY MAN a rating of DON’T WASTE YOUR TIME OR MONEY: Okay, I watched the trailer, and I heard what was coming out of Sundance about this film when it hit…so I was hoping to enjoy each and every quirky little moment and plot twist from this film, especially when I knew Dano and Radcliffe were involved. But, personally for me, even those facts didn’t help me get past all the weirdness and craziness that was happening on screen. Dano plays crazy well – as we have already witnessed with his characterization of Brian Wilson in LOVE & MERCY, and you can’t get much crazier than the part of Hank in this film…and Radcliffe gives a rather compelling performance too – as the waterlogged corpse, who strangely starts farting and talking and so much more, all the way through. Personally, I couldn’t manage to get into the depths of psychological madness playing out on screen, no matter how hard I tried. SWISS ARMY MAN travels to a psychosomatic extreme that I couldn’t begin to understand or explore in my own cerebral capacity. I know that this film was getting RAVE REVIEWS from Sundance, but I also know that other’s left the theater before it was through. And I totally understand this action now, and I may have been there too, if I wasn’t so hell bent on convincing myself that it had to get better by the end…but, that was just an illusion too ;(

Kathy Kaiser

It’s a bird… It’s a plane… Nope, it’s Daniel Radcliffe and Paul Dano! A24 Presents SWISS ARMY MAN

 

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There’s a new superhero flying into theater lobbies this weekend, and it’s not Captain America! Anyone who posts an Instagram of themselves next to the Swiss Army Man standee with the hashtag #SwissArmyMan will get mailed a FREE printed poster!

Opening Theatrically in New York and Los Angeles on June 24th and Nationwide on July 1st

The song “Montage,” featured in the film and heard in the trailer, is composed by Manchester Orchestra and performed by Paul Dano and Daniel Radcliffe.

News about the Manchester Orchestra scored soundtrack coming soon!

Starring Paul Dano, Daniel Radcliffe and Mary Elizabeth Winstead

Directed and written by Daniels (Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert)

Outrageously fun and deeply affecting, Swiss Army Man is a gonzo buddy comedy that is the feature film debut of acclaimed music video directors Daniel Scheinert and Daniel Kwan (collectively known as DANIELS, and responsible for the visionary “Turn Down For What” video, among many others). Bursting with limitless creativity in both form and content, Swiss Army Man goes from the absurd to the emotional to the whimsical to the profound and back again.

Hank (Paul Dano) is stranded on a deserted island, having given up all hope of ever making it home again.  But one day everything changes when a corpse named Manny (Daniel Radcliffe) washes up on shore; the two become fast friends, and ultimately go on an epic adventure that will bring Hank back to the woman of his dreams.

Swiss Army Man creates a world like no other—a place of pure fantastical imagination, brimming with magical realism yet featuring two characters whose dreams and fears are entirely relatable. Dano and Radcliffe both fully commit to their directors’ audacious vision, and their work is exceptional, finding the perfect balance of humor and heart that drives the whole film.  A celebration of all the wonders cinema has to offer, Swiss Army Man is a cultural phenomenon in the making; a surreal and wholly original examination of human vulnerability and connection that must be experienced.

Rated R | 95 minutes

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VICTOR FRANKENSTEIN – Rated PG-13

 

Victor-Frankenstein-Movie-PosterAs Writer Max Landis takes us deep into the darkness that comes from turning the dead into THE LIVING…we meet up with a circus freak ~ who has caught the eye of the one, the only Dr. Victor Frankenstein (James McAvoy), as he is bound and determined to release this poor creature from his torturous life…

Enhoused now in Victor’s home and attempting to begin a semi-normal existence after having been relieved of his afflictions at the hand of the good Dr. too…the newly named Igor Strausman (Daniel Radcliffe) is fast becoming Victor’s right hand man…

Igor decides the time has come to travel out into the world, as he checks in on his beloved Lorelei (Jessica Brown Finlay)~ the trapeze artist from the circus who he helped save ~ as he makes sure that the nurses are doing everything possible for her, to make sure she makes a fully recovery…

When Dr. Frankenstein decides to finally share HIS WORK with Igor ~ it isn’t long until he is presenting in front of the Medical School, showing the world his very 1st Creation…a mammal that he has brought back to life…

Achieving this greatness has only fueled the man driven by his own madness, as Dr. Frankenstein continues his work ~ with or without Igor ~ as he won’t stop his intense work until he has achieved his greatest achievement, bringing A MAN TO LIFE now too…

I give VICTOR FRANKENSTEIN a rating of: WAIT AND CATCH THIS ONE ON DVD – Okay, so you pretty well know the story going in ~ Man creates life from death – and this life tries to kill him in the end…so, with that said, even though significant portions of this film encompassed amazing cinematography, I just wasn’t sold on this film in any shape or form, not even with the twist of Igor telling the tale from his own perspective. Yes, I enjoyed seeing Radcliffe, and his performance is acceptable, and McAvoy’s performance isn’t bad either, I just wasn’t feeling this new take on the 19th century novel by Mary Shelley. Maybe it was the extreme darkness and creepiness factors this time around that didn’t WOW ME, or maybe it was the fact that this film screamed to be released closer to Halloween or even releasing it in the middle of the Summer would have made more sense, because releasing something this icky and grotesque right before the holidays is just ridiculous timing. Plus, even though they set this film up to have a sequel, I just can’t see enough people heading to the theaters to see it to warrant the studios making the investment to take on this storyline again, I mean, I might be wrong, but I think VICTOR FRANKENSTEIN is only going to have this one opportunity to create his MONSTER from beyond…

Kathy Kaiser