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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…
I didn't get quite the excitement from this as other people maybe did. I objected too hard to the person of Jo. What a unlikable, selflish, arrogant nothing. It's people like him who give gingers a bad name.
Also, a film is going to suffer a little when you realise that it has essentially the same plot as The Matrix Reloaded.
To recap: The One has to report to the Architect, make his choice, and destroy humanity, which is then rebuilt from scratch again, using a handful of inhabitants of Zion - the original members of our race. Until Neo comes along who calls the Architects bluff, makes the other choice, screws up the matrix, and
In Frank, the reincarnations…
Stale beer. Fat fucked, smoked out. Cowpoked. Sequined mountain ladies. I love your wall. Put your arms around me. Fiddly digits, itchy britches. I love you all.
Pretty interesting film. Quirky and amusing, well acted throughout.
I don't know much about Frank Sidebottom or anything about the character or band that this is loosely based on but if they're anything like the band in the actual film then I probably wouldn't have been the biggest fan.
I think Michael Fassbender's performance in the film was great as well as Domhall Gleason, who I love. But I think the film requires the same thing from the audience that Frank required from the rest of his band to "reach the farthest corners". Unfortunately, as much as Domhall Gleason's character Jon wished to do so, he really couldn't. He was a reasonably sane person trying to fit in with a bunch of mental patients. In the end his need…
I didn't really like the movie all that much. There was basically no plot, the main character was boring, he had no character arc or personality and was kind of unlikable. The other band members were all kind of lazy interpretations of "crazy". But the music was all pretty good.
Funny, odd, and charming. Michael Fassbender is A+. If I could run back to 2014, this would definitely be on my top 10 of the year.
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COMMENT: May come back and review this, outside the mask wasn't the Frank Sidebottom story I'd hoped it had been. But hard to not enjoy it for what it was, and at least it was unique.
'Frank' is charming, funny, clever... and weird, and ultimately that's why the film works as well as it does. The film has a lot of heart and is surprisingly thought-provoking. Despite being behind a mask for nearly the entire film, Fassbender delivers a terrific performance. The film is not really about the mask, but about the man, and it achieves in that regard.
Holy moly, this film is fucking fantastic!
You play music because you want to, not because you want to be famous.
***EDIT (March 30, 2014)***
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