To be quite honest, I don’t know where to start with this movie.
Maybe it’s because of my age, maybe because I live in a foreign country, maybe it has to do with the fact that I want to be more like Frank, in more way than one. But all I can say for certain, is I really enjoyed this movie.
The movie focuses on a talentless Young Man searching for his ‘voice’ in his music. Happenstance would have it that his mediocre life has Frank run head first in to it. His quest to be more than mediocre causes him to compromise what little artistic talent he in favor of being liked by his fans (who are really Frank’s fans).
Maggie Gyllenhall is Awesome in this movie, granted that it isn’t the most challenging role of her career, but it is a role that she is suited to play, the cool, angry, artistic, noise rock girl. Her coolness makes her character come across as an almost unknown goddess of art rock.
The titular character, Frank, is portrayed by Michael Fassbender. The only movies I think I have seen him in are X Men: First Class and Prometheus. Since he is wearing a mask the (almost) entire time, you never see his face and he has to convey emotion in other ways, body language, the way the head is positioned, etc. Whether these are his choices, the directors choices, or a combination of the two, I don’t know, but it worked and worked well. Maybe you just put the emotions you want Frank to be feeling on to him, which would make anyone who saw this movie in a bad mood probably hate the movie. But they pulled it off, and pulled it off well.
Bottom Line, Is Frank worth your time? Yeah, it is. Is it the best movie, with it’s cliches of tweets telling most of the story and it’s half assed commentary on music being promoted on social media and the flashes in the pan that it creates, no it isn’t. It is mediocre in that aspect, just like the protagonist. This movie is made and carried by the supporting cast, the band members. The some what surrealist, art rock group simultaneously pokes fun at the concept of what art is while deconstructing and satirizing the indie scene all at the same time.
What are you waiting for?
Go see it.