Frank

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“What goes on inside the head, inside the head?”

This isn’t my usual style here. Usually I like to review the movies that just came out over the weekend but when an Indie movie of any kind (especially one I really want to see) shows up in a theater in my little corner of the world I just gotta go with it!

Frank was an interesting one. Here we have Domhall Gleeson (Never Let Me Go, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows *Pt 1 & 2, About Time) who plays Jon Burroughs a young musician who can’t seem to get the words right to create his song. He meets the band ‘The Soronprfbs’, a name which no one seems able to pronounce, during an incident where their keyboard player is trying to drown himself so they ask Jon to step in and take over as the new keyboard player.

The band is made up of a strange cast of characters starting with Don played by Scoot McNairy (Non-Stop, Argo, 12 Years a Slave) who joined the band after meeting Frank in a mental institute. Clara played by Maggie Gyllenhaal (The Dark Knight, Happy Endings, Away We Go, Stranger Than Fiction)Frank’s intimidating sort of right-hand-woman who watches out for the eccentric musician. Baraque played by Francois Civil (15 Lads, As Above/So Below, Borderline) the bass player  and Ana played by Carla Azar (Frank) on drums, both from France and both with a strong dislike for Jon. And then there’s Frank; Michael Fassbender (X-Men First Class, Prometheus, Inglorious Bastards) the bands strange but genius leader whose head is always covered by a fake head.

After the first gig falls through they call Jon to come away with them into the rural nowhere to help create their album. Jon is desperate for acceptance with the band and all the while on their secluded music operation he is secretly filming them and posting them on media sites such as Twitter and YouTube trying to promote their music. When he gets them a gig the only one ecstatic is Frank who seems able to connect with Jon to the point that they both seem to want the same thing. To expand their audience. So it’s off to America they go for the big show but things begin to fall apart soon as they get there as Jon continually tries to steer them to stardom and the bands unwillingness to follow along.

A very stunning movie and I can only imagine how hard it is to act without the use of your facial expressions so kudos to Mr. Fassbender for that. The beginning of the movie is packed with laughs and silly interactions as Jon tries to fit in with a band that’s just…completely out there. However towards the end the film takes a drastic turn to some emotional drama so be sure not to go in there thinking the whole movie is just for laughs.

Rated R for language and sexual content.

Rotten Tomatoes gave Frank a 92% fresh! Very nice!

It’s really hard for me to explain how I feel for this movie. Its funny and sad all at the same time. It’s a movie about walking into something hoping to find your place with the world and never really finding it. The band was strange and the music was weird but altogether it was unforgettable. Go see Frank for yourselves. It’ll build you up and knock you down again yet somehow you’ll leave the theater thinking: That was oddly perfect.