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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).
Propelled by well-established characters, great performances, and a unique tone, "Frank" is a near genre-less film, and a wholly investing one at that.
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…
“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…
While it can get a little slow and drag at times, Frank is still a consistently funny, highly original, surprisingly heartfelt and very clever film filled with wit and strong performances. Highly recommended.
Extremely weird, but oddly intriguing, Frank is a very fun time. Fassbender gives one of the best performances of the year, with not only a hysterical performance albeit a heartfelt one at that. It takes some very dark turns throughout, however it still managed to be an engaging, special, and an exceedingly creative film.
Frank is not at all what I expected. The trailer is actually somewhat misleading among its mix of genres. It’s remarkably original, extremely weird, smart, funny, touching, chaotic, and quirky to a very fun degree for a lot of its running time, but the third act (and brief section in the middle) takes a brave and tragic turn that's not entirely successful. It awkwardly turns kinda dark and depressing. Though unpredictable, it bummed me out quite a bit. I basically had revaluate all the laughs I previously had as mental illness is brought even more to the table. During this flawed act though Michael Fassbender continues to absolutely amaze as we explore a new layer of Frank (I…
Not an especially great film, but it has momentary flashes of incredible dry humor that make it worth seeing. Also, I think it's rare for a film about musicians to do such a good job of making the music feel authentic both to the characters and to the way in which the characters are depicted creating said music.
Frank was a whole lotta fun. Michael Fassbender gives one of his best performances of all time as the maniacal musician the movie revolves around. I was surprised however to see that the main character wasn't "Frank", but rather "Jon", the annoying, social media-lover. If it wasn't for the awful protagonist, I would have easily made my top 5 of the year, but Gleeson's character was just downright boring. Aside from him however, the movie was brilliant.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
The only thing I knew going into Lenny Abrahamson's Frank was the fact that Michael Fassbender was under that paper mache head. That's it. Imagine my surprise when Scoot McNairy shows up on-screen...I perked up in my seat and said "Is that you Scoot? I didn't know you would be joining us and thank god because this Domhnall Gleeson character is insufferable."
No response from Scoot.
Fassbender turned out to be an absolute joy to watch, shifting about in his paper mache cranium and, above all, the voice his uses; the inflections, the cadence and the amusing way in which he describes his hidden facial expressions all amount to an enjoyable viewing experience. Plus, the music that the band plays…
Fuck it. I haven't stopped thinking about this film for hours. It's brilliant not as an indie comedy or whatever you might think it is, but as a heartbreaking, captivating view into the life of those struggling with mental illness. Fucking brilliant.
ORIGINAL REVIEW: Led by captivating, fully committed performances, Frank is a strange yet thought-provoking film with complicated, fascinating themes resting beneath the quirky surface.
Leave it to Fassbender to give a great performance while wearing a big paper mache bag for 90% of the movie. Very funny film.
I went to the David Lean Cinema in Croydon to see this and found it strangely enjoyable but I can't explain why. I am not sure what it was saying but I suppose that was the whole point about Frank Sidebottom.
Bizarre, fun, and thought-provoking, Frank is something worth watching if you get the chance.
"Put your arms around me, fiddly digits, itchy britches, I love you all.”
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