I’m going to keep this review brief: Go see this movie!
There it is. My review. Go see it. It’s fantastic.
This might be the most unique film I’ve seen since Michel Gondry and Charlie Kaufman brought us Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. It is a movie that takes a firm grip on you from the opening moments where a suicidal Hank (Paul Dano)is about to hang himself while singing, but not before he spots Manny (Daniel Radcliffe) washed up on the shore. Hank continues his singing while walking over to Manny, only to discover he is dead. The singing is just the first of many instances and in some instances, feels like a musical and that is okay… I mean just listen to how good some of the music is.
Speaking of the music, the soundtrack has been on repeat since I left the theater. All of the songs are made by the guys from Manchester Orchestra and most feature vocals from Dano and Radcliffe. I highly recommend it as well.
This film is funny and sad. Farting is a major component to the film. It’s unbelievable but fun. At the same time, Manny’s corpse as reanimated but not like that of a zombie, but almost as if he was just born. He’s clueless about everything and Hank teaches him and explains different emotions.
Throughout this process, Manny begins to fall in love with a girl named Sarah (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) who Manny first notices as the background image on Hank’s phone. We watch as their friendship grows while we sit and wonder, is Hank crazy?
I mean, surely Manny can’t be coming back to life, right? I won’t ruin the ending for you. The ending is funny and heartbreaking and confusing. I’ll leave it at that.