“Frank” Review ✦✦✦✧✧

27 May, 2017

Year of Release: 2014
Lenny Abrahamson
Jon Ronson, Peter Straughan
Director of Photography: 
James Mather
Domhnall Gleeson, Michael Fassbender, Maggie Gyllenhaal

Synopsis: Inspired by the antics of legendary performance artist Frank Sidebottom, Frank depicts the bizarre tale of experimental band The Soronprfbs whose eccentric frontman chooses to wear a giant paper-mâché head at all times.

Frank Review:

A film with a fascinating lead character whose mere presence is enough to impress the most open-minded and unconventional of viewers, “Frank” is an undeniably simple concept movie about a band who find fame for all the wrong reasons and eventually suffer the consequences. Made to dishearten the invested yet brought to life through a warm script, the movie openly addresses the idea that luck and success can feel like a curse as one man struggles to face up to his lack of connection with the real world.

Beginning as a tale of artistic indulgence and dissipation, “Frank” sees Michael Fassbender go full Jim Morrison with poetic ramblings that are too real and raw to go unnoticed by the attentive listener. Verging on profundity with his bizarre take on reality, Frank’s words spell out the inscriptions of avant-garde law, finding Jesus in eccentricity while taking inspiration from his own free-spirited attitude. In a world where so much can be learned from unpredictable situations, “Frank” refuses to dismiss the insane while its genius marketing strategy conveys sheer madness in its single defining image of voluntary concealment.

Allowing the characters to gradually fall into despair while they continue to pursue their own self-defined dreams, Lenny Abrahamson delights in the quirkiness of indie mania before the drama slowly disintegrates into a depressing account of mental illness and depression. In a film where half of the actors look insane, “Frank” allows craziness to permeate the walls of inspiration, performing to breaking point within the film’s commune of hysteria yet only finding sadness on the other side.


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