Frank Review

Screen Shot 2015-12-24 at 10.53.09 AM    The perfect calling card for director Lenny Abrahamson, Frank showcases his incredible talent in this fantastic quirky comedy/drama about a guy just trying to go big. In what probably ended up being one of my favorite films of last year, Domnhall Gleeson plays an outsider who by accident joins what is probably the weirdest band in existence on the planet, the band led by the mysterious Frank. Like his follow-up, Frank places its characters in a secluded, packed cabin so we can learn about them, we get to see Domnhall Gleeson change as a person and we get to learn more bout the fascinating Frank played brilliantly by Michael Fassbender. Fassbender is truly electric in this role, expressing his unique way of being without showing his face through the majority of the film. To add to this, Lenny Abrahamson never alienates you from any of the character, he simply showcases how they act which we might deem weird, but to them it all feels natural and this is introduced near the beginning of the film where Scoot McNairy’s character tells Gleeson’s character, “You just have to go with it” which both serves as way to both prepare us and Domnhall to the craziness that is to come. But apart from studying the intricacies of the relationships held within the confines of this band, Abrahamson also tackles the issue of selling out vs. originality with a friendly yet volatile conflict that surfaces between Jon (Gleeson) and Frank. Frank is pure brilliance, its charming, its dramatic, and handles its characters perfectly and its tone is perfectly captured by its director (Abrahamson), Frank is a delight and a 92 out of 100.

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