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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…
Ein großartiger Michael Fassbender der die meiste Zeit einen großen Pappmaschee-Kopf trägt und trotzdem so viele Emotionen und Gefühl vermittelt und zwei der stärksten Songs des Filmjahres sind die Kirsche auf diesem skurrilen Eisbecher voller Außenseiter die einfach nur Musik machen wollen. Auch weil manche die Musik als eine Form von Therapie brauchen.
A quirky comedy-drama that lacks much in terms of real drama or comedy, Frank is very watchable thanks to the talented cast and the intriguing mystery that is it's title character!
"What goes on inside that head... inside that head?"
Strange Is wonderful and that is the feel of this film for me with its underlining heart of self and individuality. Jon is a budding musician who has come to a halt with his music, by chance finds himself it a weird but wonderful band, who's musicians are like no other which includes Frank the front man with a paper mache head, Jon then embarks on a journey with the band to create a album where wacky and strange things lie head. Stand out roles by Fassbender,Glesson and Gyllenhaal. Maybe a film not for everyone but I fully enjoyed it.
Other than the actual music, this is a very bizarre and sometimes compelling movie about a captain beefheart-esque character and recording process.
Fassbender and Gleeson are excellent, but the other band members seem like quirky caricatures rather than actual people, and the third act plays out in a lazy and unsatisfying way
Michael Fassbender stars as Frank Sidebottom in this insane movie about the recording of an avant grade rock album by the band Soronprfrbs. Maggie Gyllenhall is totally fucking mental as well.
New realms of bonkersness.
Hey, I'm reviewing Frank
Cool, whats the rating?
There is no rating
Cause, there just isn't
Well... did you like it?
Yes? No? Both. I honestly don't fucking know
So, A 2.5?
Then why are you even reviewing it?
Cause I need to talk about it
Cause Frank is amazing, terrible, sad, happy, weird, and completely normal
You lost me
Just watch the fucking movie and experience it
watched with tim, it was fine, very white cishet indie
***EDIT (March 30, 2014)***
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