Friday, 22 August 2014

Frank - with Michael Fassbender and Domnhall Gleeson

Inspired by a real character Frank Sidebottom, this is a funny, quirky, watchable and sometimes tender take on ‘eccentricity’, being masked, the painfulness of life in a band and relationships. The band – with an unpronounceable name – take on board Jon (based on Jon Ronson, the creator of the film) who narrates and interrogates the situation in a naïve but fetching way. Frank always wears a papier mache head and somehow this, as well as hiding him, liberates him. The film becomes darker and sadder towards the end, but is good at normalising those who don’t fit norms. And the music is pretty interesting.
Polly Mortimer

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