Continuing my yearly look at the most promising upcoming films, here is my 100 most anticipated films of the coming…
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…
"How to describe Frank?"
The answer is, I don't really know. Frank is utterly charming and absurdly funny - but has some worryingly uncertain messages, which disappointingly lets down the film. It's a film I've been thinking about for the last two days, and I have been finding it really difficult to unravel its thematic material.
Frank's appeal easily stems from its innovative and original premise, and the black humour which interweaves throughout the film. The avant-garde music accompanying the film, is unconventional in itself, yet simultaneously allows for the creativity and absurdity to shine through. What situates Frank as different from normal films is its exploration of nonsensical humour and a storyline which never really fits together. The incorporation…
Frank is not at all what I expected. The trailer is actually somewhat misleading among its mix of genres. It’s remarkably original, extremely weird, smart, funny, touching, chaotic, and quirky to a very fun degree for a lot of its running time, but the third act (and brief section in the middle) takes a brave and tragic turn that's not entirely successful. It awkwardly turns kinda dark and depressing. Though unpredictable, it bummed me out quite a bit. I basically had revaluate all the laughs I previously had as mental illness is brought even more to the table. During this flawed act though Michael Fassbender continues to absolutely amaze as we explore a new layer of Frank (I…
So I did go and see this again. Is it my favourite film of all time?
No. Before Sunrise is still that.
But still, seeing this again was a great idea. Got even better this time around.
Again, if you haven't seen this, you damn well better soon.
Now this could be just about as cult as it gets. A knowingly weird film roughly based on the story of a knowingly weird performer.
If you weren't around in the 80s and 90s, Chris Sievey performed strange and uncommercial 'pop' music while wearing a large papier-mache head as Frank Sidebottom. He looked like this.
Frank writer Jon Ronson played keyboards for Sidebottom's band, and has taken the bare bones of that experience and written something completely different. Domhnall Gleeson plays Jon, and aspiring but rubbish song-writer who finds his way onstage with the avant-garde band Sorenprfbs, fronted by the enigmatic Frank (Michael Fassbender) who never removes his papier-mache head.
Before he knows it, Frank has spirited the band away…
How to describe Frank?
Frank is an odd little film starring Michael Fassbender under a giant head. The End. I jest, but that is the premise of the film. Domhnall Gleeson plays Jon, an aspiring musician in a boring job until he bumps into Don (Scoot McNairy) the manager of a band called Soronprfbs, who invites Jon to play with them. He does so and witnesses the bizarre sight of the frontman wearing a giant paper mache head, this is Frank.
He later joins the band in Ireland to record an album and the film swiftly shows it's oddball vibes not only with Fassbender's Frank, but with Jon, Don, the French guitarist and the perpetually aggressive Clara played by Maggie…
Frank is like nothing you've ever seen. Going into the film I had a good knowledge of Chris Sievey (Frank Sidebottom) which was not all that important for the narrative of the film except to understand its origins. It claims to be a black comedy and it is, truly in every sense it is both emotionally upsetting and very funny. However I was aware an underlying deeper truth which made it an altogether sadder film to endure - which became apparent in the last act.
The performances are all excellent - Fassbender without a doubt. Being able to express anything under that giant fake head is a feat in itself. Maggie Gyllenhaal was particularly good in this, took me back…
For a film that is filled with avant-garde sounds, disorder and explorations of the creative process and mental illness, I found it to be disappointingly formulaic.
The filmmaking needed to take risks. Having one of its leads wear a fake head for the duration of a film is not really a risk, it's more of a quirk and an opportunity for an actor to show off his acting chops through body and voice (which Fassbender absolutely did). However, it wasn't a risk because it didn't really delve deeper into why he wore it in the first place. Sure, there was a nice explanation at the end but I'm sure it was a lot more complicated than that.
That's the thing.…
I LOVED THIS FILM!! Although I agree it is not for everyone but it was very (bitter)sweet and dark in places it still left me with an oddly good feeling, very well acted by all. Kudos to Fassbender whose acting was still great en though we could not see his facial expressions (although he did point some out!). Really want to see this again and no doubt I will as I've just decided I'm going to buy it, I was listening to the final song for days after.
Frank es una de las sorpresas más agradables este año, propuesta arriesgada, pero de ejecución simple (posiblemente algo flojo/forzado el final).... pero no hay nada de malo en ello
Desde que comienza hasta termina es bien fresca, incluso tonta pero es lo que la hace "likable" dentro de su humor negro. Fassbender es Dios inyectándole carisma a un personaje de por si particular y me gustó volver a ver a Maggie Gyllenhllenhahaaahhallhalal.
Larga vida a 'Soronprfbs'... ah, y por películas como esta es que hay que dejar a tus bandas indies favoritas encerradas en el sótano.
No tengo idea de la vida de Frank Sidebottom de quien esta inspirado el film... pero ya estoy gugleando.
I love you all!
Frank has been unfortunately categorised as the film for “unconventional” viewers, or for moviegoers who like it “weird”. Certainly, Frank revolves around a bunch of freaks in a zany band whose lead singer wears a cartoon mask — its premise alone does sound pretty uncanny. Still, the film's offbeat appeal should not wane potential audience members from catching it. Frank proves to be utterly delightful and heartbreaking all at once, and its peculiar charm deserves attention from any casual viewer.
Continue reading Patricia Tobin's review over at The Essential
I adored this film.
From the opening scene to the closing credits I was sucked into this wonderful story of life, music, creativity, artistic integrity and mental illness. More than just a film about these themes though, 'Frank' really holds a mirror up to modern 'pop' music in a unique way and also a mirror into our own lives.
The film centres around Jon (Domhnall Gleeson), a young, english office worker and amateur musician who dreams of making it big as he writes his own little compositions. So when a spot opens up to play keyboards in a touring American band, Jon gleefully jumps in.
In comes Frank (Michael Fassbender). A charming lead vocalist of the band who wears a…
Frank Sidebottom was the alter ego of Chris Sievey. Or more correctly, Chris Sievey was the alter ego of Frank Sidebottom. Frank, with his cheap suits, nasally voice and, oh yes, his oversized Papier Mâché head, will be unfamiliar to audiences outside of the UK. Something which is likely to change with the release of Frank, Michael Fassbender’s latest; directed by Lenny Abrahamson.
Co-written by Jon Ronson, a member of Frank’s original entourage, Frank takes its inspiration from the man from Timperley (that’s a town in Cheshire for those of you not in the know), but pins it down with a large fictional nail. Domhnall Gleeson plays Jon; an office worker with desires to be the next big singer songwriter.…
- Inherent Vice
- The Wind Rises
- Only Lovers Left Alive
- The Grand Budapest Hotel
- Inherent Vice
- Two Days, One Night
- Dear White People
- Listen Up Philip
no order in particular (that's (partially) a lie). not necessarily films I know I'll like, just things I'll watch. click…
- Life Itself
- Like Father, Like Son
- A Most Wanted Man
In no real order that would make sense to any of you looking at this.