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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…
There's something great about a protagonist discovering, painfully, that the movie they're starring in isn't named after them.
Jon, a young wanna-be musician, discovers he's bitten off more than he can chew when he joins an eccentric pop band led by the mysterious and enigmatic Frank.
The concept of this film drew me off for a while despite the critical acclaim, but damn it is well deserved. Great story. Great script; which the top cast performs brilliantly. It may be an eponymous title, but this film's MVPs are Gleason and Gyllenhaal who do an amazing line in bickering hatred.
Great story. Great Music. Great cast. It drags a touch towards the end, but this is a surprisingly entertaining ride. Watch it.
Why conceal your beautiful face under that paper maché head, Fassbender?
I knew nothing about Frank before watching it, other than the fact that Michael Fassbender wore a Papier-mâché head and played some music.
Two hours later, there is a new film on my list of favourites, and the best thing about that is that I can't exactly put my finger on why.
First and foremost, Fassbender put in an incredible performance, made doubly impressive by the fact that his face was hidden for 95% of the film. Combined with Gleeson, Gyllenhaal and the rest of the gang, the cast is solid and very hard to find fault with.
The film, as a whole, is glorious to look at, with a mixture of beautifully composed scenes and some stunning settings. The dialogue, visuals, musical elements, simple storyline, emotions and interesting social-media elements all serve as further impressive padding to the core of this film, which are without doubt the performances.
It's such a protestant movie that the director's name adds to the intrigue.
Overall, i'm in favor of this movie: Fassbinder continues to be great--Like, remarkably great. (Is he in anything bad? Is he in anything where he's not one of the best things?) All the secondary characters are vivid and believable and absurd. Scoot McNairy deserves all the roles. The flick is consistently funny and charming and reminds me of places i've been, situations in which i've been, and people i've known.
But it also reminds me of people i've been. I think it avoids spoilers to say that the movie's ambiguous about whether the main character is redeemed (esp. if i say i think you might disagree with…
“ Ce film plein d'audace, marqué par une prestation étonnante de Fassbender, tient plus de l'expérimentation angoissante que fascinante. ”
I'm often a combatant against 'quirky', yet there's such a poignant undertone to this bizarre little film. A portrait of the befuddled artist starving to be heard, and a prog-experimental masterminds struggle to remain faceless. It's a gloriously strange piece of work, and even when the pace lags a tad in the beginning of the 3rd act; It then finds its footing, and the last scene of the film is some of the saddest visual storytelling I've seen on screen in a quite a while.
Intensely emotional and cerebral. To me, this movie is far less about the music industry and is a scathing commentary on our generation's desire for affirmation - particularly from the masses via social media.
It was brilliant, raw, heavy, and troubling. As with any good film I'll be thinking about the subject matter for days. Similarly the soundtrack won't leave my head anytime soon.
Fassbender inspires. That's about it.
***EDIT (March 30, 2014)***
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