Director: Lenny Abrahamson
Writer/s: Jon Ronson, Peter Straugham
Starring: Domhnall Gleeson, Michael Fassbender, Scoot McNairy, Maggie Gyllenhaal and more.
Requested Review from Joe Burnham!
HELLO! Here is the first and maybe not the last quarantine edition of Oberrated Reviews. With movie theaters shutdown and a few select movies coming out straight to digital instead of making theatrical runs, I decided to really try to crank some requested reviews out.
Here we have a requested review by my friend Joe Burnham. He requested I knock out a film called “Frank.” This film was on my radar but I never got the opportunity to watch it. It was always that movie where I see a poster for it and think, “Oh yeah, I wanted to catch that sometime!” Yet never got to it. Well, thanks to Joe, not only does it get a view, but also a review!
“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.”
I always say, going into a movie blind is the best way to do it. As I said before, I knew little to nothing about “Frank.” Now with the view complete, what a fantastic movie! “Frank” was a unique experience by way of how this story was delivered. The first portion really dove into the the creative flow of Frank and his band with added focus to new member Jon (Domhnall Gleeson). This holds most of the happy and comedic moments of the film which are both natural comedy as well as some dark humor which I loved. Then, the film turns to its quick arriving climax and downfall which explores the struggles of the individuals in the band. Lastly wrapping up in what I would call a proper and heart-warming finale. Throughout each part, “Frank” does not relent in regards to having a very strange and uncomfortable vibe at times but in some strange way, it was so alluring and attention grabbing. I.Loved.It.
“Frank” has a limited cast yet this limited cast puts on big performances that fill the scenes. Leading the charge is Domhnall Gleeson, Scoot McNairy, Maggie Gyllenhaal, and Michael Fassbender. The four combine their complex individual characters to make up their band, the Soronprfbs. These four are incredible, honestly. They are vastly different characters who combine to make a beautifully dysfunctional band. Sprinkled with the four are Carla Azar and François Civil who both have subtle but admirable moments.
I was anticipating enjoying this film but I never expected to be so enthralled in it as I was. I literally could not move my eyes from the screen for most of the duration of the film. It is so strange and weird yet hilarious, alluring, and oddly sentimental at the same time. Who knew that string of adjectives would coexist together? Regardless, “Frank” is an excellent movie. I hardly have anything negative to say beyond some moments being a tad dry for me but that is barely much to ruin the full experience.
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