"I know. You want to call bullshit. I did too. Then I got past my bias and let the movie wash over me... Fassbender is a marvel at using gesture, posture and intonation to reveal the joys and fears percolating under a mask's fixed gaze. Funny, touching and vital, the movie emerges as a hymn to the healing power of art." - Pete Travers, Rolling Stone
The enigmatic figure of Frank/Michael Fassbender brings some joy and brilliance to it, but the film doesn't go further with it's purpose... It lacks in depth with Jon/Dmhnall Gleeson, a boy struggling to find a place in music, while being stuck in the shadow of Frank. Clara and Frank are definitely the worth-watching characters of it.
After this movie I keep thinking this is how some indie bands with xylophones record and produce their albums, except without a nutter wearing a big head mask. Very charming. Domhnall Gleeson has a heart of gold. I would totally have shagged Gyllenhaal's character after a week or two. Fassbender is too good looking and fit to be that loony.
This was an unexpected surprise. An extremely touching, heartbreaking story depicting a short period in a young man's life, where he runs a gamut of emotional infatuation, self-discovery, failure and acceptance... in an experimental avant-garde setting. The artists [band] guiding and testing him through this significant journey manage to never feel clichéd, but provide a basis for some genuinely dark undertones.
Frank is a very funny film and a very touching and thoughtful film. It's about art, and the people who are crazy enough to try and become artists. And I had heard this movie had a good ending, but I didn't expect it to be THAT good. Seriously... that was one of the best endings I've seen in a long long time.