DVD Review: Frank
Frank is promoted as an offbeat comedy about a musical genius who hides his true identity inside a large fake head. On the surface, Frank looks lik it will be a blast, but be weary dear viewer, because if you’re settling in for a night of laugh out loud comedy, you may have come to the wrong place. Sure, there are times where Frank gets you chuckling, hell even laughing, but the thing Frank focuses on is the offbeat side of the comedy.
Michael Fassbender is great as the mysterious Frank, but whilst he is the central character, the film is driven, by sorts, by Jon (Domhnall Gleeson), a wanna be sing writer/musician who just happens to be in the right place at the right time to join Frank’s band.
However, Frank’s minder/wannabe lover Clara (Maggie Gyllenhaal) is a bit of a psychotic nut who instantly dislikes Jon, leading the band on a tumultuous journey trying to record their album. Jon soon finds himself alienated, and struggles to find his place in the band.
Secretly filming the band and posting on YouTube and Twitter, Jon actually manages to get the band a following and a gig at South By South West. Jon thinks he has cemented his place in the band, but the trip only adds to the stress that the band is already facing.
Frank is a hard watch, not only because of it’s quirky but muddled storyline, but also because of the fairly prominent commentary on the connection between mental health and genius. The band, a group of misfits worked well before Jon came along, even if suicide was a band member trademark. But Jon has his own brand of insanity that creates instability.
Frank is ultimately an interesting premise that doesn’t quite work as a comedy, no matter how offbeat, but remains a memorable foray in the realms of that subject that so few are willing to talk about, and does it with genuine warmth.
Rating: R13 Offensive language & content that may disturb.
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