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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…
Still as lovely and magical as the first time I watched it. What a wonderful performance by Fassbender in particular, but the whole cast in general. I love you, Frank.
Frank is an incredibly quirky movie. That would normally be a bad thing, bu Frank wears it as a badge of honor. Within it's quirkiness Frank holds a clever, unique story and incredibly endearing performances. And the music? It'll be stuck in your head for days.
Funny, clever, sometimes very weird and... perturving. "Frank" is, without a doubt, a film that will make you think.
I genuinely hate all the social media stuff. Still great.
i can't really specify what this film couldve done to make me like it more? all i know is i definitely didn't enjoy it as much as i thought it would. it made me feel empty inside, which i feel was sort of the objective? if so, well done
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
This weekend I watched the movie Frank. Frank is about Jon, a guy who always dreams of joining a band and then finally gets an opportunity when a local band needs a keyboardist. The band led, by paper mache head wearing Frank, is an experimental group which Jon finds hard to deal with at first. He eventually learns to appreciate what this band was doing and it leads to the band becoming successful. Through the experience of the band Jon learns about himself and the idea of originality. The director Lenny Abrahamson does a good job with the film and it kept my attention throughout. The film has a story that could have been boring but Abrahamson does a nice…
I watched this one in a way that I don't think you are supposed to. I watched the first half a week ago, forgot about and only realized I hadn't finished it yesterday. Perhaps that is telling off the narrative thrust of this movie. Overall, I enjoyed the movie, which had a clear message about fame and talent and how they might come together. To be honest with you and perhaps this is the point of the movie, I had trouble relating to Frank with his giant head. I feel like the most effective scenes come at the very end when we finally see Michael Fassbender able to emote and not talk into a bucket. I was interested to read…
A highly entertaining and effective tragicomedy. Fassbender gives a captivating performance, even as his entire face is covered for almost the entirety of the film.
I LOVE YOU ALL!
A tremendous drama about the depth-defying leaps into creativity.
***EDIT (March 30, 2014)***
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