Flick Reviews: ‘Frank’ (2014)

Frank is a comedy-drama film from 2014 directed by Lenny Abrahamson (Room) and it stars Michael Fassbender, Domnhall Gleeson and Maggie Gyllenhaal.

In the film: “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.”

Frank sings itself a familiar song in a different tune packed with amazing surprises in every note. Its bizarre nature simply complements the more serious themes that makes this dramedy increasingly interesting up until it reaches its heartfelt end. Featuring great performances, particularly Michael Fassbender’s whose genuine emotions show in a very odd manner, it becomes THAT film that delivers something fantastic at all times. Though Fassbender does deliver a performance that we haven’t seen from him before, becoming a runner-up in his spot is Domnhall Gleeson. Granted, the film in and of itself is simple enough, but if you get to take a closer look at it, it gets a little bit more complex as opposed to how you view it. The characters for example, are (somehow) given depth-even just a little. In Domnhall Gleeson’s character is where the film’s central themes start to run in, and his skilled acting truly shows us what the film wants him to look like.

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Odd enough, it sounds strange for a film about an aspiring musician, but it is in those characterizations where the film tends to become serious in a way. There are numerous occasions where we feel like the film is subtly going into a more serious route because of his character and Domnhall’s terrific performance, and it leads to a quite stupendous discovery for us as a viewer. While it is not wholly deceiving for how the film looks like, you just can’t help but feel that the film thematically explores what you’d have never expected it would delve into with slight emphasis.

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But even if it did so, it never forgot to stick true to its tone-making everything that it does truly appreciable in terms of having an indie vibe to it. Things like that let the (subtle) transitioning of themes and tones to become smooth and non-awkward, allowing us to see the bigger picture in its peculiarity. The writing in this film may not be the greatest, but it passes as genuinely incredible in every way possible. That is only if you consider how it applies distinction to its execution of its narrative. Simple things like those are what makes Frank (the film) wonderful in various ways. Its quirkiness puts something oddly delectable onscreen for us to enjoy, and it all results into a wacky yet pleasantly entertaining viewing experience.

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But that’s not all the film has to offer. Taking up a huge part in what makes it so attractive is the music that it blares. Said music may sound purely unconventional from the usual that we’re used to in music-centered films, but its magic becomes apparent in how the film integrates that into the story and in how it makes it sound truly beautiful for the ears. Director Lenny Abrahamson definitely cooked up something special with Frank, and it should be capable of pleasing every moviegoer that stumbles across it. Sure, there may be a crowd intended for it and it may not be for everyone, but it can be guaranteed that Frank will give you a genuinely good time. There may be a lot of zany delights jammed into it, but at the end of the day you’ll praise it for having a little bit more to it than just that.

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From execution to delivery, Lenny Abrahamson accomplishes what he tried to do in a fascinating approach unlike anything you’ve seen before in Frank. Fresh and quite original, Frank is a kooky music-centered comedy-drama that gives you an odd yet extremely cherishable cinematic experience. That being said, it is such an amazingly fascinating flick directed with distinction and cleverness.

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