An offbeat comedy about a wannabe musician who finds himself out of his depth when he joins an avant garde rock band led by the enigmatic Frank—a musical genius who hides himself inside a large fake head.
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An indie music satire about the dangers of worshiping the romanticized ideal of a damaged outsider artist. On this ground, it's surprisingly thoughtful and tender in the end. The finale, where we watch as the schizoid ramblings of a man in pain get turned to wonderful musical expression, is some kind of beautiful. These guys don't want the music industry, they just want to play. And thank god they can have it.
Pop, playfull and funny - Frank is one hell of a band movie. It plays along with indie-culture and delivers it! I was NOT expecting to be so amused by this film. Soundtrack on point and such a beautiful photopraphy work. Congrats!
Somewhere between 2 1/2 and 3 stars. Frank started off amazingly and legitimately had me cracking up but between the erratic shifts in tone (that 3rd act's a bitch) and mixed messages I got from the plot I just couldn't walk away excited about it. Fassbender was great and despite my lack of enthusiasm for Maggie Gyllenhaal she was actually good here.
Michael Fassbender is his generation's finest screen actor. With 'Frank' I expected a frothy performance in his mate's quirky indie flick, if only as a respite from his heavier roles. But he proves that even papier maché cannot hide his charisma and pathos - his Frank is as tortured a soul as cinema has ever seen, and the tonal shift in the final act make this not a footnote in his resumé, but a genuine highlight.
Far from memorable, but still enjoyable to watch. The film is better in its darkest moments... It's a cool representation for how frustrating can be not being able to leave the shadow of someone you idolise and finding your own voice. Fassbender's Frank and Gyllenhaal's Clara are scene stealers.
At feature length 'Frank' unfortunately stalls out at mid-point despite an interesting setup and characters. As much as a film about mental illness as it is performance it seems to almost be a veiled version of the Daniel Johnston story. Most interesting is the casting and the fact that cast members did perform all the music on display here. The recording sequences are great but once the 'road movie' kicks in ....
This film was marketed as a quirky indie comedy and its actually more than that. Its a wonderful satire of mental illness and artistry and how capitalism and people try and to profit from it. It did fall flat at times but Fassbender's brilliant performance made me over look it.