Saturday, October 18, 2014
Frank (Directed by: Leonard Abrahamson; Written by: Jon Ronson and Peter Straughan)
Jon, a young wannabe musician, discovers that he has bitten off more than he could chew after joining an eccentric pop band led by the mysterious and enigmatic Frank.
Starring: Domhnall Gleeson, Scoot McNairy, Maggie Gyllenhaal, François Civil, Carla Azar, Michael Fassbender
My thoughts on this film: Despite the title, Frank is not about the titular character as it is about Jon's journey. Jon is an aspiring struggling musician who stumbles upon an opportunity to play with the band 'Soronprfbs' led by Frank. They invite him along and Jon, thinking that it is just a weekend gig, later finds out that they are making a new album. Jon tries to find his place in the band as he uploads their videos onto Youtube, posts pictures on Twitter, and writes about the band online thus creating a viral campaign for them.
I had seen Domhnall Gleeson in last year's About Time and he is turning out to be quite an actor!
Michael Fassbender delivers a great performance even though we only hear his voice for most of the time. But even with these limits he still creates a compelling character, and what a voice!
In the end, Jon finds out that you do not need to have an abusive childhood or mental illness to be a great artist - musician in this case. You just need to write songs from your heart. And do not try to be somebody that you are not.
Overall, I loved it, particularly the ending!