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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).
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…
“Frank finds inspiration in everything.”
It's incredible how a film that features Michael Fassbender jumping around in an over-sized papier mache head for 90 minutes can be so damn entertaining. It's safe to say that there won't be anything else like Frank this year, the film is weird, unique, satirical and poignant.
Frank tells the story of a wannabe musician who joins an eccentric pop band led by an enigmatic man who wears an oversized papier-mâché head at all times. That's all you need to know.
Gleeson plays Jon, an unimaginative wannabe musician who takes advantage of the meltdown of the band’s keyboard player to join Frank's band. He does a nice job portraying a young and passionate man who…
Lenny Abrahamson’s “Frank” can be initially misleading to anyone who knows anything about the Papier-Mâché faced character known as Frank Sidebottom. Underneath the face was singer and alternative comedian, Chris Sievey. Having played in punk bands in the late 70's/early 80's, Sievey would later adopt the persona of Frank Sidebottom. So it could be forgiven then if you might think this is a film about Sievey's character, which it is not. The film is inspired by the character of Frank Sidebottom and Sievey's earlier musical forays. The co-writer of the film, Jon Ronson used to play in one of Sievey's bands. The film is inspired by the memoirs he wrote.
The film follows a young aspiring musician, Jon (Domhnall Gleeson).…
The cult figure that was Frank Sidebottom may adorn the poster but this is not a film about the deceased comedian/musician. Trying to disassociate the two is hard seeing as the spirit of his band and their approach to making music is essentially replicated in the film. Chaos. And of course there is the large paper-mache head that Frank used to wear in public alongside the fact Fassbender's character is called Frank.
So it is clear this is not a life story but one heavily influenced by the Mancunian. Chris Sievey who played the bumbling character for real gave his blessing to this and another film, a documentary due to be released next year. Jon Ronson, who was part of…
Super quirky, sure, but exposes the darkness underneath the whimsical facade. Surprisingly complicated too, given where our sympathies end up among our main characters. The cast is really good. This one snuck up on me.
Someone should be fired for casting Fassbender and having him wear a giant cartoon head the whole time.
quirky and fresh
For a film about a guy in a big papier-maché head that starts out so whimsical and funny, Frank goes to some pretty dark places. While the tone is a bit all over the place, it remains consistently impressive throughout - Michael Fassbender gets a huge amount of personality out of that static head, Maggie Gyllenhaal is terrifying and Domhnall Gleeson is the outsider invited in, perfectly nailing the feelings of wonder, triumph and (more commonly) frustration inherent in creating music.
It's a pretty stunning film, and the musical performances within it are surprisingly great too. With the emphasis being on fairly avant-garde / "outsider" music, it would have been fairly easy for the filmmakers to go a bit too far with the weirdness, but the songs are just right. Strange, but still affecting. Made me feel guilty about neglecting my own instruments. Thanks, Frank. Thank.
Provocative, funny, authentic, I enjoyed every second of it.
"Normal faces are weird too" - Frank
Fassbender es mi pastor.
Divertida a su manera y triste a su manera. Must see 2014.
The story of Frank, the fake head-wearing leader of a dysfunctional alternative rock band. Yes, that's the plot in a nutshell. It still is a very entertaining film.
i will admit the only reason i was interested in watching this movie was because of the cast. Fassbender and Gyllenhall are great, and Domhall Gleeson is an actor on the rise. I had no idea it was based on an actual person until i saw the end credits and googled Jon Ronson's article. I was actually surprised how much i enjoyed this movie. i got completely into it, a very touching and funny story about a dysfunctional band and there quest to make the perfect album. The music was fantastic as well unique and beautiful. terrific movie.
So weird. So good.
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- Inherent Vice
- The Wind Rises
- Only Lovers Left Alive
- The Grand Budapest Hotel
Continuing my yearly look at the most promising upcoming films, here is my 100 most anticipated films of the coming…
- Beasts of the Southern Wild
- Lilya 4-Ever
- Life Is Beautiful
- Dancer in the Dark
- Christiane F.
My six hundred favorite films (1940-2014); 615-635 are not ordered yet.