RELEASED 2016 RUNTIME 97 MIN LANGUAGE ENGLISH DIRECTION DANIEL SCHEINERT, DANIEL KWAN SCREENPLAY DANIEL SCHEINERT, DANIEL KWAN STARRING PAUL DANO, DANIEL RADCLIFFE, MARY ELIZABETH WINSTEAD MUSIC ANDY HULL, ROBERT McDOWELL
When Hank (Paul Dano), stranded on a lone island, plans to commit suicide, a corpse (Daniel Radcliffe) suddenly appears. But it’s not a normal corpse. It seems to have a life of its own. Desperate for human contact Hank and the corps aka Manny form an odd relationship and go on a quest to find their way back home.
On paper this movie sounds ridiculous. The trailer also makes it look really odd. But that’s the fun part. It’s original and weird as hell. But it actually all makes sense. It’s a beautiful story about friendship, the meaning of life and self reflection, and the adventure of finding your path.
DO YOU HAVE WHAT IT TAKES…
I must say, it won’t be a movie for everyone. Partly, because the things expressed in this film are outrageously weird and you have to have an open personality to accept these. But the reward is great!
If you have watched the trailer you may have noticed the emphasis on farts. And yes, the movie actually makes a big deal out of the human reaction of releasing gas. It’s a big part of the plot actually and a lot of the humor rides upon the reaction we feel towards it. It crazy, it’s ridiculous, and it’s a lot of odd fun. I must say, during the first 10 to 15 minutes I was like “what the F just happened?!” But I went with it and I suggest you shake off all your knowledge and experience you feel towards anything human biology related that you find embarrassing and just empty your head and go with it. I promise, it works and in the end it’s amazing.
Basically what this movie does, it’s teaching you about things that you probably know. But it’s explaining it to you in the most simple and straight forward way, so that you keep wondering, why we feel this way towards certain things? Who told us you have to feel embarrassed when having an erection for example? Are we supposed to feel this way or are we being told to feel that way? Daniel Radcliffe as the corpse works as the conduit to ask these questions and Paul Dano’s character is the one answering them. So basically, Paul Dano is us and Daniel Radcliffe is our pupil who just wants to know stuff. He is like a child. It’s a very basic idea, but it evokes so much thought and emotion. You may feel embarrassed watching the movie, or you feel really joyful. It depends who you are as a person and how you go through life. But in the end we all have to acknowledge that sometimes we may may be wrong about stuff. We have to re-learn and forget.
That’s what Paul Dano’s character is. He starts at a breaking point in his life. But through the interaction with Manny he re-learns and re-appreciates his own life. In the end he finds himself re-energized and without spoiling anything, a new person, as cheesy as it sounds.
I can’t really describe the film properly. Maybe my little analysis gives you an idea what to expect. But I want to stress it. If you go into this movie, relax. It’s really darn funny and effective in what it wants to communicate. The end is very open and it’s up to you how you interpret it. It certainly is one of the most creative films in a very long time.
Paul Dano and Daniel Radcliffe are incredible. Especially Radcliffe plays the most convincing corpse you probably will ever experience. It’s amazing. The way he can freeze his face in odd positions… it’s so much fun to watch. If you need a corpse, call Daniel 😉
DIRECTION + CONCLUSION
But really the biggest compliment goes to the directors. What they have created here is a very unusual product. It oozes with originality and depth. It’s modern cinema at it’s best! Go watch it. If you are tired of remakes and seeing the same stuff all the time, here is something that can blow your mind.