I hadn't heard or read a single thing about this beforehand and went in blind with no preconceptions. It seems this is the way "Franklyn" is meant to be experienced -- a simple story about lost people who don't know what awaits them next. For a debut effort, this is a striking film.
Super stylish. Gothic redux. Good actors. Some trying a bit too hard. Chock full of anti-theocracy stuff, which I love. Is God malevolent? I suppose when you're insane you might ask yourself that question. The pieces of the puzzle all come together in the end.
On my second viewing I noticed Milo works as an artist of some kind. That's rather an important point that was never really explored....I suppose presenting the information without drawing attention to it is part of the ultimate point, it is frustrating to require the audience to pay attention to EVERYTHING on the screen at all times.
(It is impressive that just about EVERYTHING shown or said is important.)