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A comedy about a young wannabe musician (Domhnall Gleeson) who discovers he has bitten off more than he can chew when he joins an eccentric pop band led by the mysterious and enigmatic Frank (Michael Fassbender).
WHAT THE FUCK GUYS.
This film came right the fuck out of nowhere and totally blindsided me. I can barely even form coherent thought right now. It's that good.
Frank is that good.
While many people have had The Lego Movie and Under The Skin (two other instant classics I must add) as their film-of-2014-that-immediately-ranks-among-their-top-top-favourites, that film for me is Frank.
I have never seen a film be so hilarious and so heartbreaking and mix it so well. Last film I saw that did that was In Bruges. This is the only film to parallel that.
Michael Fassbender is a godsend. His performance, at the end especially, is pure brilliance. He brings charisma to a role in which he wears…
It is interesting to see that Lenny Abrahamson’s most populist film to date is about such an enigmatic man who shunned the mainstream. Although inspired by writer Jon Ronson’s time as the keyboard player in Frank Sidebottom’s band this is far from a biopic of one of Britain’s most unusual performers. The title character may share the same first name and Fleischer-inspired papier-mache bonce as Chris Sievey’s comic creation but that is where the similarities end.
Frank is a bittersweet comedy - part road movie, part music industry satire, part surreal character study and part exploration of mental illness. Much like the avant-garde music the band produce, Abrahamson’s film is a hotchpotch of influences that is impossible to fit into…
thanks, FRANK, now that's gonna be stuck in my head for a WEEK
seriously though, gr8 muvi
the four big Ms:
music, mental illness, michael fassbender n maggie gyllenhaal.
Jon Burroughs is an untalented keyboardists lucky enough to be picked up by an electric art-rock slash pop group called The Soronprfbs, which is led by the charismatic Frank who is at all times covered under a large paper mache head. As a result of Jon’s Twittering, the band scores a gig at south by southwest, but that’s where thing go wrong as the band members seem to be too mentally disturbed to perform under such pressure. This was by far my most anticipated film of the year and I was so happy to finally get to see it tonight. The idea behind ‘Frank’ is amazing. Frank is amazing. Fassbender is amazing. I loved every scene in which music was…
I would've been very skeptical about this entire thing prior to watching it if almost anyone else had been cast in the role of 'Frank'. But knowing it was The Fass-man underneath that damn mask, I knew he would still somehow be able to give a genuine and substantial performance, even if his face was concealed for the majority of it.
And, for once, I was right about something. But only 'cause he's Michael fuckin' Fassbender..
Oh yeah, I loved the film overall as well.
"Music is shit."
Frank investigates the relationship between trauma and art, and asks where creative inspiration comes from. For someone trying to do something at least mildly creative with his life, there were times where it felt like it was speaking directly to my personal experience. Its story reaches for something real in the nature of art.
Jon Burroughs (Domhnall Gleeson) is an untalented musician from a safe, affluent background, and he thinks that the reason his music is no good is that he's never had to struggle with anything in his life. He believes that creativity springs from trauma. He is offered the opportunity to join the eccentric band of Frank Sidebottom (Michael Fassbender), and together they go out…
This was wonderful and also Michael Fassbender is a God
Totally weird... and thats what makes it likeable. It's a wonderfully quirky film that grabs your attention at the beginning and doesn't let go. A constant feeling of "Whats going to happens next?" allows the characters the freedom to be captivatingly weird on screen. Fassbender took a huge risk with this, and was rewarded greatly by the rest of the cast and the director. I highly suggest this film.
So problematic, what a corporate shill. But I love my little Fassbender. There's no real reason why Frank wasn't the main character; he's titular, the most interesting component, and the primary source of conflict, yet we spend most of our time trying to feel bad for Gleeson's silver platter protagonist (who's an untalented privileged unlikeable asshole, by the way).
I feel like suddenly Domhnall Gleeson is in everything and I am LOVING it!
Frank, I love you all
If you love music, or are a musician/know musicians, this film will drive home with its goofy setting, and a uniquely weird charm.
Must watch for Fassbender fans. Though for me, it was Maggie Gyllenhaal who stole the show with her Steve Nicks-esque(?) persona.
Looking forward to exploring Abrahmson's earlier filmography, and hopefully his upcoming projects.
An utterly weird, unpleasant film which hits every unexpected beat it can. Totally unpredictable. Slightly feverish. And an out-of-left-field ending that left me melancholy and confused. A difficult film to engage with (for me) but also a darkly beautiful and honest one. I kept wanting to escape the world of this film, something which is to be applauded. I more admired than enjoyed this film. 6/10.
Though it has some problems with character balancing and the second act, while important is a little forgettable, I thought "Frank" was a emotionally powerful and unique film that surprised me and made me weirdly emotional. Frank himsef is by far one of the most interesting characters I've seen in a film in years, and Michael Fassbender have one hell of a performance as him. Domnhal Gleeson also pulls off an awesome performance. Though I never really found the film that funny while its marketed as a "comedy", I did find myself loving the film's unique tone with a great screenplay. Overall, I kinda loved this movie.
I know for sure that I'm not starting a band or joining a band. Because this is exactly how it would shake down!
P.S. Apoloies to WillScott for everything)
... or, more accurately, film posters with their titles giving off the impression that they were hand-scrawled.
Recommendations are welcome,…
***EDIT (March 30, 2014)***
Wow! I never would have expected that I'd get anywhere close to 100 likes on this…