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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…
Film #3 of the "September 2015 Scavenger Hunt" Challenge!
Task #23. An obscure film from a friend's year end Top 10 list!
(this was as obscure as I could find)
I'm still kind of processing how I feel about this movie. On the one hand there were a lot of things I really liked about this movie. I enjoyed the films subjective perspective, it's quirky characters, it's acting, and of course I actually often loved the music of Soronprfbs. Honestly, I was super on board with it for the first three quarters or so of the film. Then the last quarter well, it wasn't bad or disinteresting, it just didn't quite satisfy what I personally thought…
Un magnífico retrato de la locura casi esquizofrénica que rodea el mundo de la música, la industria musical, la composición, la relación con el público, etc. Y también, y sobre todo, a las relaciones humanas. Horriblemente genial.
"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."
Michael Fassbender proving he is capable of anything, even performing under a paper mache head for 90 minutes before revealing himself in one of the most oddly naked ballads I've ever heard. You can talk about the oddities of the film, the quirky, offbeat humour, the slightly jarring but still effective look at mental health, the importance of social media in the film or the even more offbeat and quirky music but above anything 'Frank' just reaffirms the brilliance of Fassbender as a performer! He really is one of the best and most interesting actors working right now.
Wrote a review in german for critic.de: www.critic.de/film/frank-6877/
After a second viewing, I still really enjoyed this film. Music and mental illness have always had a strong connection, great songwriting often comes from people plagued with serial imbalances - think of Roky Erickson, Daniel Johnston. And I can't recall a purely fictional film that captures it so well before Frank.
Strange, but in a delightful way, Frank is the movie that you can't see yourself liking but by the end, you want more. The movie is carried by the acting of Fassbender, Gleeson, and Gyllenhaal. The story drags at times but that stuff can be forgiven in a movie as good as this.
It's hard to review a movie that's so strangely good. Very good in fact. 4/5.
La película más hipster de la historia también es una maravilla en la que Fassbender vuelve a maravillarme (no tanto como a mi hermano, que incluso llegó a decir que tenía la voz de Bowie) con una increible capacidad de transmitir sin un solo gesto facial. Es que es perfecta en su concepción. Y la música...
A heart warming and disarmingly honest film that is bound to touch those who watch it.
Perhaps one of Fassbender's greatest performances, not once shortened by the fact that he wore a huge paper mache head throughout the majority of the movie.
***EDIT (March 30, 2014)***
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