Critic Consensus: Funny, clever, and endearingly unusual, Frank transcends its quirky trappings with a heartfelt -- and surprisingly thought-provoking -- story.
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Beneath those puppet-headed antics, and true to its title, Frank is improbably, disarmingly honest.
Michael Fassbender spends the majority of Lenny Abrahamson's irreverent comedy "Frank" buried underneath a giant plastic head, but the honesty of his performance is on full display.
With the soulful Gleeson and a sweetly menacing Fassbender (under a giant helmet-head) at its center, the movie never loses its acerbic edge or its oversize heart.
Frank is profoundly weird -- and perhaps also weirdly profound.
The whole thing is in danger of becoming arch and quirky, yet Abrahamson steers the final act of his drama toward a sombre, unhappy rumination.
Audience Reviews for Frank
Fassbender should be praised for the intelligent way that he composes a whole fascinating character whose face we can't see, in an insightful film that is so well balanced between comedy and drama, with eccentric characters and an astute understanding of our need to be loved.
Surrounded by believable performances, a great story, and characters that you will not want to look away from, "Frank" is an immersive little indie film that is not easy to resist. Domnhall Gleeson leads this wacky picture, as he is recruited by a band who makes terrible music, as they are in their mindset of making their first album. Going off to a secluded cabin to record, many new group memebers are met. Namely, Frank, a man who refuses to take off this weirdly shaped mask, and the story that unfolds to that story is not all that surprising, but more appreciative. I loved every minute of this film, from it's great cinematography to the fact that the terrible music they played through the film could be passed as decent. Although I think the film ends on an easy note, it is the best way to quietly end the film. This picture is the perfect length for the story it is trying to convey, and it is a very easy watch. I highly recommend "Frank," it's terrific.
Civilization is comprised of little islands of humanity (we call them cliques) and this film takes a look at one such pocket led by a curious individual who hides his persona beneath a paper mache head of some cartoon character. That he is a leader is demonstrated to be less by personal design than by that nobody else wants the job, and therein is the major focus of this curiosity: we deserve the leaders we get. What drives this clique is the desire to create music, and Frank, the emotionally stunted soul at the center, is the jewel through which the group achieves this desire. A commentary on all of our leaders thereby, and on all of us as well.
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