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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…
A very individual film that takes as its theme the source of creativity and the relationship between it and an artist's personal trauma.
One of the most interesting things about the film is the use of an unreliable narrator. Immediately we start watching the first scenes in the film it is clear that the narrator (Jon, who is unexpectedly invited to join Frank's band) is designed as a kind of everyman who will guide us through the strangeness of Frank's world. As such, we trust the narrative voice as a reasonable response to what we are watching and assume it will be our anchor throughout the film.
The fact that the movie takes the rug from under us by revealing…
Esta película es complicada de describir. Es rara, con un toque hipster y un lado musical genial. Creativa, extraña y con un personaje principal enigmático. Me gustó haberla visto.
A true original, a funny and sharp study of creativity and the fringes of celebrity which deftly avoids being too odd for its' own good but is still very odd indeed. Maggie Gyllenhaal's great fun as a mega-bitch and Gleeson does well with the apparent innocent but both are outshone by the remarkable Fassbender, who steals the film despite wearing a massive papier-mache head for most of it.
This movie was all over the place but I enjoyed it despite that. The plot seemed surreal at times, almost like some sort of strange fairy tale (#throughthelookingglass). But there's a solid mix of comedy and drama here. Fassbender is dynamic in the titular role.
Oh, and the music is top notch. I wish there was more of it in the film. "I Love You All" has been stuck in my head for hours.
The emotional climax in the last scene definitely resonated with me, bringing it all together.
You find yourself fully invested immediately and taken on a charming and original adventure, whatever it throws at you, which is never what you expect, of this or any movie.
If I were an actor I'd want Gleason's agent. It's like he's a magnet for decent movies atm.
Fassbender is great. As is everyone else.
The kind of film that will get better with each rewatch.
Hilarious and have met musicians like this. Really like the way this movie is put together, wierd and quircky too
frank is a strange sort of oddball movie about awkward creative types, some of whom suffer mental illness. their love of music is what brings them all together, although in a way it's what tears them apart too.
the keyboardists, especially, seem doomed; i felt sorry for jon and don. they seemed never to be an integral part of the band, perhaps because they both felt their own musical efforts were "shit" or perhaps because they both tried to "manage" the band in their own way. in the end, it was too much for don; however jon manages to put back together what he inadvertently tore apart. this redemption is lovely. it's obvious jon has learned something about the need…
Completely and utterly disjointed from start to finish, but, in its flagrant chaos, "Frank" finds a rhythm. It's not a particularly cinematic one; most of the film I found myself either laughing, cringing, or looking around to see if I was on candid camera. It's some breed of black-witted farce meets psychological drama, with plenty on its mind other than Michael Fassbender in a giant ceramic head. As uneven and frankly (Shit.) baffling as it may be in its elaborate construction and pace, I can't deny its sheer defiance toward any conventional sort, or its value as a dynamic narrative item. So much to enjoy on a reactionary level, so much to wonder about.
***EDIT (March 30, 2014)***
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