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Acclaimed Irish director Lenny Abrahamson follows up his award-winning films Adam & Paul, Garage and What Richard Did with an offbeat comedy about a young wannabe musician, Jon (Domhnall Gleeson), who finds himself out of his depth when he joins an avant-garde pop band led by the mysterious and enigmatic Frank (Michael Fassbender), a musical genius who hides himself inside a large fake head, and his terrifying bandmate Clara (Maggie Gyllenhaal). Written by Jon Ronson (The Men Who Stare At Goats) and Peter Straughan (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, The Men Who Stare At Goats), FRANK is based on the memoir by Jon Ronson. It is a fictional story loosely inspired by Frank Sidebottom, the persona of cult musician and comedy legend Chris Sievey.

Starring:
Domhnall Gleeson, Michael Fassbender
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DVD, Blu-ray

Frank

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  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 35 minutes
Starring Domhnall Gleeson, Michael Fassbender, Maggie Gyllenhaal
Director Leonard Abrahamson
Genres Comedy, Drama
Studio Curzon Film World
Rental release 15 September 2014
Main languages English
Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 35 minutes
Starring Domhnall Gleeson, Michael Fassbender, Maggie Gyllenhaal
Director Leonard Abrahamson
Genres Comedy, Drama
Studio Curzon Film World
Rental release 15 September 2014
Main languages English

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3.8 out of 5 stars

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By K. Gordon TOP 500 REVIEWER on 2 Nov 2014
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
An odd and wonderful mix of comedy and sadness, absurdity and reality, playfulness and originality. The acting is terrific throughout, the cast creating slightly larger than life comic characters that somehow still feel real enough to invest in emotionally. It's a tone few movies get right. "Harold and Maude" comes to mind.

Jon (Domhnall Gleeson) wants to be a pop star in the worst way (literally). He walks around writing amusingly bad pop tunes in his head. Life as a musician seems only a dream when as luck would have it a band, playing in his home town for just one night, needs a replacement when their keyboard player goes bonkers, and Jon is in the right place at the right moment. Thus begins Jon's journey with a band of misfits, who may be geniuses or just delusional... or both.

They are led by Frank (Michael Fassbender) an amiable if deeply odd fellow, who wears a giant plaster head that he never takes off, even to sleep. His counterweight is the angry, punky and edgy Clara (Maggie Gyllenhaal), who is fiercely protective of the fragile Frank, and sees Jon's attempts to get the band to go mainstream as dangerous to both their artistic integrity, and Frank's well being. All this leads to adventures, changes, discoveries and insights that are often outrageous and darkly funny, but ultimately quite moving as well.

Also to be noted is just how great the music and songs created for the film are. They have to be "off" enough to be funny, but good enough for us to believe there really is something to Frank's talents. This is done very well, both in the writing and performing, the actors showing some musical chops, and the film creating tunes that, to my surprise have been caught in my head for days.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By annwiddecombe on 13 Oct 2014
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'Frank' is not, repeat not, a biopic of Frank Sidebottom. Nor is it a satirical swipe at a particular kind of pop/rock music in the vein of 'Spinal Tap'.

Based on an article by journalist Jon Ronson about playing with Sidebottom's band, 'Frank' starts off as an affectionate, off-beat (or rather, given the nature of the music, no-beat) comedy before addressing serious questions about what fame means and whether, for a certain kind of artist, it is in any way desirable.

Ambitious wannabe-indie musician and social media addict Jon (Domnhall Gleeson) is stuck in a small seaside town. He lives with his parents and has a dead-end job involving a telephone headset. After witnessing the attempted suicide by drowning of the keyboard player of a band called Soronprfbs, he is asked by the band's manager to join them for that night's gig.

The unworldly, messianic leader of Soronprfbs, Frank, (played by Michael Fassbender - is there anything he can't do?), is never without his (obviously protective, or perhaps somehow liberating) papier-maché, size-of-a-watermelon, fake head. His mostly American band (he is from Kansas) play a noisy, helter-skelter, stop-start kind of art rock in the vein of Captain Beefheart or Pere Ubu. Frank's lyrics are more like stream of consciousness poetry and are delivered in a Jim Morrison-esque voice that veers between a croon and a roar. It's easy to poke fun, and most directors would, but laudably that is not the film's aim. Frank obviously has talent; the songs are off-kilter, yes, but also compelling and immaculately played: 'You should be really popular,' says Jon, seriously, to a nonplussed Frank. His musical ability is essential to ensure the film has dimension.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Donald Scott on 4 Oct 2014
Format: DVD
If the number of times you get a sudden flashback from a scene in a film is significant, then I can recommend this little gem.

Guaranteed to gain a cult following, it's a coming of age story. Rather like 'Almost Famous', whose main character was growing up within a touring rock band, the main character Jon is doing the same, but in a totally different capacity. Jon is a bit of driftwood with no direction till he witnesses an attempted suicide on a beach in the South coast of England. The attempted suicide (little known to Jon) is, or was in a band. We later understand that the keyboard player's attempted drowning was connected to the inherent madness and personalities within the band.

Some of the scenes are surreal. Some of the script is touching and at the same time laugh out loud hilarious, Maggie Gyllenhaal's character in particular. At no time did I lose interest in the main characters, all of whom held the narrative together. It must have been a difficult film to direct. Some of the material was clearly improvised, but it worked for me.

Driving to work I find myself recalling Frank and his band, his family, (who reflected his madness) and Jon who joined them, then departed after setting themselves and himself free. The ending was touching and quite revelatory and unexpected.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By N. Whittaker on 19 Sep 2014
Format: Blu-ray
I found it quite a gentle and mildly amusing film....that had a few touching moments. Loved the film overall.
BTW Clearly nothing to do with Frank Sidebottom per se!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Wiltshire on 8 Nov 2014
Format: DVD
While watching this film I just went with it.

It's strange and directionless very well acted and compelling.

What actually marks this as better than most is the fact that when I think back to watching it I smile as if remembering a pleasant episode from my past.

So.....chill and go with it and later you may even think it was 90 minutes well spent even if you don't quite know why
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