Frank

Frank

Blu-ray Disc - 2014 | Blu-ray version.
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Jon, a young wanna-be musician, discovers he's bitten off more than he can chew when he joins an eccentric pop band led by the mysterious and enigmatic Frank.
Audience: OFRB rating: 14A.
Publisher: Los Angeles : Magnolia Home Entertainment, 2014.
Edition: Blu-ray version.
Branch Call Number: Blu-ray FIC Frank
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (95 min.) : digital, sound, colour ; 12 cm
Language Note: In English with French and Spanish subtitles.
Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

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rus_r_us
Apr 21, 2019

comedy in the greek sense of the word
not specifically about frank
more about a neurotypical person struggling to fit in with a band of neurodivergents
if you miss the ending, you miss the whole movie

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Nursebob
Apr 13, 2019

Loosely based on the career of British comedy character Frank Sidebottom (Chris Sievey 1955-2010) who also wore a Mardi Gras head as part of his schtick, Lenny Abrahamson’s arty-farty paean to artistes and poseurs alike confuses clunky metaphors with dramatic depth leading to a host of emotive performances that go nowhere and comedic passages which offer little levity. Frank’s entire band is self-consciously unorthodox (one rapes mannequins, one only speaks French, one regularly lashes out physically—an irritating Maggie Gyllenhaal) as if idiosyncrasies alone are enough to convey creative impulses, and the idea of fame destroying artistic integrity is so old it’s become something of a movie cliché—gee, I guess we ALL hide behind one mask or another!! Furthermore, the fact that Abrahamson’s cast played their own instruments is hardly noteworthy when you listen to the resulting cacophony of grunge racket and mumbled word salad although Michael Fassbender tries his best to add life to the lyrics using body language alone. A kind of crap Cinderella story with a mental health chaser told in reverse that’s sure to wow Liberal Arts students and budding auteurs who still believe “quirky” is always a good thing.

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PearlyKayAm1
Dec 30, 2018

Weird, but not in an interesting way. Not funny. A waste of time.

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RoyalJellyIII
Mar 24, 2017

If you're into offbeat, weird, absurdist movies about strange music groups then you'll most likely enjoy this film- if not then go watch Oliver Stone's movie about the Doors.

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therhiannamater
Jan 24, 2017

This is a very, very strange movie. It's not quite "absurdist" but its definitely in the "bizarro" genre. The music in the film is weirdly catchy and there's a few scenes I've found myself quoting that just stick with you. I'm not even sure who I'd recommend this to. It's not quite a comedy, though some parts are hilarious; it's not quite drama but some parts are heartbreaking. I'd say go into it with an open mind. It certainly gave me a different perspective on Michael Fassbender.

Harriet_the_Spy Dec 16, 2016

Frank makes music that can never be complete and is never ready for an audience; and because he lives his life entirely inside a papier-mache doll's head, and can never be seen or really known, he exerts an almost mystical power over his followers. When the head comes off... so does the magic.

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TheJonesGirl
Sep 01, 2016

I've tried to watch this twice now and couldn't finish it. Maybe something is lacking in me. Tedious, annoying, stilly and not funny. And I love Domhnall Gleeson in everything else I've seen him in.

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LittleNoName
Jul 13, 2016

I don't know if I missed something but I didn't find it funny. I got the feeling they were mocking mental illness, which is really offensive, if they were, but I can't be sure. If they weren't its just a totally useless waste of time.

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JOSEPH SARDO
Jun 29, 2016

Strange film, but I guess it was worth watching since I sat through the 95-minute duration mostly entertained. One moment delivered a belly-buster laugh that was utterly hilarious. Had they woven the story together a little better at the end I may have been a lot happier with the movie.

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pvdl
Jun 20, 2016

A lot of people won't "get" this film. Don't borrow it, without also bringing home a plan B title.
This is the very first movie funded by Britain's Channel 4 that has not had mainstream appeal. I enjoyed it though.
It's also the first movie I've seen that featured mental illness as a core plot point, answering the question "is it contagious?" affirmatively.

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