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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).
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…
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…
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…
The Soronprfbs create music that sounds like the love child of Broken Social Scene and Swans. If you know me/my music taste, you know how great that is. If you don't know me/my music taste, you know how great that is. Domhnall Gleeson's character Jon is absurd, borderline-annoying, on the line-poserish, and confusingly [un/]talented. Frank, the eccentric lead character, is very similar to Jon, yet creates the weird, chaotic, all-together-fantastic sound of the Soronprbs. All around solid performances, cinematography, and plot.
Carla Azar, who plays Nana, is also a real-life badass/drummer, Frank was an actual, real-live weird dude, and Clara, played by Maggie Gyllenhaal, is a stone cold agressive.
Gyllenhaal has now encouraged me to pull of a bowl cut.
And learn to play theremin.
Well that was...about what I expected. I felt a little let down by the end of this movie because I really couldn't quite figure out what it wanted to be. Or maybe that was the point? It just had some really zany moments but then the end got so serious, because it was dealing with a very serious subject but...yeah.
I think I liked it? I wanted more.
What a wonderful movie with an excellent cast -Domhnall Gleeson, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Scoot McNairy and Michael Fassbender as the mysterious and enigmatic Frank. Filled with humour, quirk, drama and great songs Frank comes highly recommended.
This film was... um... different. About as weird as it can get. I'm not sure it works for a broad audience... I can say, though, that I loved Frank's character. That's a fact.
Apparently fucking mannequins is a disorder.
Very weird film. I liked it.
Overall Grade: C-
Charming enough in its first act, but its aimless nature and depthless characters (outside of Frank) end up killing the movie.
This film tries to be a billion things but succeeds in none. However, the result is pretty nice to watch.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Yes, Frank is as weird as the trailer suggests. But don’t let that put you off. It's a film that draws you in with its weird charm and dark humour then leaves you thinking about the serious issues of mental health and artistry it deals with, and with the very catchy final song stuck in your head.
Totally weird and totally wonderful.
***EDIT (March 30, 2014)***
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