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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…
“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…
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.
While the idea of taking a great-looking, astounding actor and hiding him behind a mask has been done before, this is probably the most prolific example of it. Can a performance by a mask-wearing actor be award worthy? It should be, because Fassbender is that good.
Fraink is unique film and it has a lot of fun. It is also very touching and sad. It ranges the human emotion spectrum. By the end, you want to be loved.
No es que la pelicula sea la gran cosa, solo es mi tipo de films que me encanta ver y me enamoran. Mas de lo que trata es lo que representa para mí esto del hombre con la cabeza falsa que hace música de una manera particular con otras 5 personas tan extrañas como el, es extraordinario.
Claro, mi sueño es irme a una cabaña a mitad de la nada con mi banda y componer de esta manera, por eso y mucho más es un definitivo 5/5.
Some reviewers have probably commented that Frank is a brave movie for putting its star, Michael Fassbender, in a giant fake head for the whole movie. This is definitely true, but I would posit that it is brave for more reasons then that. The film tells the story of Jon, an aspiring musician who finds himself caught up in the whirlwind of an underground rock band fronted by a mysterious masked man named Frank.
The reason I feel Frank is a brave film is because it puts forward two messages that many probably don't want to hear. The first is that the internet removes people from reality. Jon is shown to be constantly on Twitter, Tumblr and other such sites,…
Michael Fassbender was in the movie?
Frank was a movie that I've been hearing a lot of praise from so I was interested in watching the movie. Was it worth the hype? Sure. Is it perfect? No.
Easily, one of the best things about this movie, are the characters. Michael Fassbender plays as Frank, who always wears a mask and I couldn't tell if Michael Fassbender was under the mask or not making this movie his best performance. The best way to describe Frank is that he is very over the top in a good way. Domhnall plays as our main character, Jon, who is an aspiring musician, who at first doesn't have a lot in life, but then he…
Endearing and clever. Carried by Michael Fassbender's performance which shows that acting is so much more than facial expression.
Original, funny, weird, whimsical and full of heart. Domhnall Gleeson and Michael Fassbender give winning performances in another terrifically directed film by Lenny Abrahamson.
It's a very weird movie, but there's a lot of poignancy and pleasure within it. It also mixes social media very effectively into its narrative.
Charmingly weird, pretty to look at, but ultimately shaky. It doesn't know whether to be a comedy about people who aren't self-aware or a drama about mental illness. Maybe there's a way to be both, and this certainly tries, but the result is a bit mean-spirited for my taste.
Esta película hay que reconocerlo, no es para verla cualquiera. Es una experiencia rara y con un tono bohemio muy marcado. Michael Fassbender hace un papel extraño a lo que nos tiene acostumbrados pero lo desempeña bastante bien. La película va un poco de tener algo en lo que pensar para olvidarnos de nuestros problemas que nos puedan hacer decaer y Jon, el narrador de esta historia será un añadido a los problemas de Frank y del resto de su grupo. Todos tienen a Frank como un ejemplo pero en realidad es el que está peor de todos y Jon será el colmo para derramar el vaso de estabilidad de Frank. Si quieres ver algo diferente e innovador Frank puede ser una buena elección.
- Stranger by the Lake
- The Lego Movie
- The Grand Budapest Hotel
- I've Heard the Mermaids Singing
- Zazie dans le métro
- Allegro non troppo
- The Adventures of Prince Achmed
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- Inherent Vice
- The Wind Rises
- Only Lovers Left Alive
- The Grand Budapest Hotel
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