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Daniel Radcliffe (right) and Paul Dano (left).
Daniel Radcliffe (right) and Paul Dano (left).PHOTO: YOUTUBE


A good-hearted giant, with the benign face of recent Oscar winner Mark Rylance (Bridge Of Spies, 2015) and who looks like a kindly grandfatherly potato head, whisks a little orphan girl, Sophie (Ruby Barnhill), away to forested Giant Country because he can hear her lonely heart. "I share all the secret whisperings of the world," he reveals.

Okay, Angmoh Yao Ming, but in Normal People Country, we call this "kidnapping which leads to life imprisonment". But since this is a Steven Spielberg fantasy based on Roald Dahl's classic children's book of the same name, no ordinary rules apply.

I didn't read the book because my childhood was largely deprived, but I still dig the cool way a giant can disappear into the shadows unseen in the streets of London.


You know that a Swiss Army Knife can do almost anything, right? Well, a Swiss Army Man, as performed unmovingly by Daniel Radcliffe (far right), can do even more. I say "unmovingly" because the dude is basically dead - he plays a washed-up corpse on a beach found by Hank (Paul Dano, right), a would-be suicidee who's stranded on a deserted island. The dead bod can chop wood, spout life-saving water, act as a speedboat, spit out pebbles like a machine gun and, occasionally, fart to create fire - and maybe it's all just in Hank's mind.

"I need you to help me get home," the man tells the corpse the way Tom Hanks talks to Wilson the basketball in Cast Away (2000).

"Okay, buddy," comes the unexpected, mega-freak-out reply of the dead guy. The single frozen expression on Radcliffe's "dead" face here is comatose-ly lifeless and comically priceless. Boy, I haven't seen him do so much by moving so little since he counted his Harry Potter millions in his sleep.

Tay Yek Keak

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 13, 2016, with the headline 'Hot Trailers'. Print Edition | Subscribe