Frank (2014)

Directed By – Lenny Abrahamson

Screenplay By – Jon Ronson & Peter Straughan

Cinematography By – James Mather

Starring Jon Burroughs, Maggie Gyllenhaal & Michael Fassbender

95 min.

Frank the character is amazing. Frank the movie is depressing and unrewarding. This is because Frank is not about Frank, it is about the inadequacies of Jon Burroughs’ character, Domhnall Gleeson. And while Domhnall isn’t completely a useless character throughout the movie, he is ultimately untalented and therefore boring and sad. I’m not saying interesting characters cannot be boring or sad, but the reality is when there are two characters on screen and one is as idiosyncratic as they come (i.e. wearing a giant fake head) and the other is a character who never realizes any human potential for talent and the focus isn’t one the fucking guy with a giant head then you’re going to lose me.

The general story isn’t even the problem, it’s the focus. Frank focuses not on the great gift of uniqueness but on the fact that not all of us can be unique. I mean how shitty of a message is that? That not all of us are unique and creative and that some of us are doomed to reach out through social media as our only source of self worth. And the problem isn’t that this movie is saying that some of us do that but why make that the focus? Why make that the main message by choosing this fucking loser as your protagonist?

Think of it this way, if you have Frank be your protagonist, meaning that the story begins with him and ends with him rather than Mr. Domhnall Gleeson and you have Domhnall come into the group and ruin the group with his social media and his mediocrity and yet Frank goes for it because he longs for popularity but then loses his band and then realizes that having a giant head doesn’t matter but embracing his bizarreness and his friends bizarreness is what makes him great and Domhnall is doomed to be a social media modern-era lackey than I can support this movie. The fact of the matter is that that is not how Frank was done and I don’t see myself rewatching this movie even though it has several things going for it.

The acting is great by all three and major props to Michael Fassbender who is arguably the best actor of his generation right now and is in an amazing heavy weight acting battle with Maggie’s brother for the title.

God Bless America


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