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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…
"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 love your wall. Put your arms around me. Fiddly digits, itchy britches. I love you all.”
Lenny Abrahamsson directs this offbeat tragicomedy inspired by comedian Chris Sievey’s comedy character Frank Sidebottom. I had never heard of him, but this film isn’t actually a biopic because it only takes that concept of the character and applies it to a musician who always wears a mask around his head. It is a film that very subtly has a lot to say about the relationship between artistic creativity and mental illness among many other things. Frank is a film that I respect more than I actually enjoy considering I found the pacing a bit tedious at times and wasn’t engaged with the…
I'm still not sure how to vocalize my feelings about this film. Lenny Abrahamson and Jon Ronson take a straightforward biopic and transform it into a very funny, sad and touching look at mental illness, artistic integrity and, most importantly, friendship. While some of its conclusions are facile and the end a little rushed and abrupt, the film has earned plenty of goodwill to leave me smiling. In the end, popularity is no substitute for the people that understand you.
"We were in the forest like secret squirrels and now we're likeable, we're *so* likeable. You gotta come see us tomorrow night and I promise something bad will happen to you"
Fassy's best performance to date. Such a weird little movie.
I love you all.
Frank is a film about a band that creates a unique form of dissonance, its members, and most importantly, its charismatic but enigmatic masked leader, Frank. Told through the eyes of an ambitious keyboardist named Jon, who sees his induction into the band as a golden ticket of sorts to success, the film follows the group as they struggle with their plethora of mental issues and their different notions of success. Through this, it intermingles dark humor with a narrative that actually packs an emotional punch.
The film depicts a great social commentary on perceptions of mental illness. It shows the different varieties of responses that it can provoke through the film's music, which is odd…
Frank definitely had its funny moments. Other than that? Uhm... It was interesting.
A lot of fun.
A very funny and moving film that's as wonderfully weird as its cast of characters.
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.
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- The Lego Movie
- The Grand Budapest Hotel
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- Allegro non troppo
- The Adventures of Prince Achmed
***EDIT (March 30, 2014)***
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