Now on Netflix uk
Bizarre and fun, Lenny Abrahamson’s movie is about a musician (Frank played by Michael Fassbender) who is shunned by society and ends up sucking aspiring musician Jon (Domhnall Gleeson) into a world that feels out of touch from reality. It’s a comedy but it’s also touching. Frank feels strikingly real and strangely sweet. Lenny Abrahamson makes this weird movie work with amazing flawlessness.
Frank wears a papier-mâché mask, no seriously. At first it’s disorientating but as the film progresses it just becomes fact and from fact it becomes almost normal. Of course this isn’t the only strange thing about this film- the whole concept is utterly unique, and the movie only seems to get weirder and weirder but somehow still stays strangely connected with reality. There’s just something about this film that makes it feel surreal and out of touch but by the end you, just like Jon, are completely sucked in.
Michael Fassbender deserves major recognition for this role, with his face completely obscured and his voice muffled by his mask he is left with the only option of acting from the neck down. Somehow this works and even adds to the charm of this film. We don’t need to see Frank’s face to identity with him, to connect with him or to find him funny. Of course it helps that the entire cast is strong and committed to making this movie work so the whole thing to comes together to create something enjoyable.
Frank is charming, funny, and weird- you will probably question what this movie is actually about several times- and yet when this film decides to smack you in the face with feelings you just can’t help but fall for it. If you’ve got the time watch this film, I highly recommend it.