Review

Frank is a strange film in that its main actor spends most of the film hidden under a giant false head. Michael Fassbender plays Frank in a story based on the newspaper columns of Jon Ronson, Ronson wrote some of the screenplay and played keyboards for the Frank Sidebottom Band. Frank Sidebottom, false head and all, was a character created by the late Christopher Mark Sievey (25 August 1955 – 21 June 2010) on whose life Frank is partly based on.

I don't know much about the story of Frank Sidebottom but I would imagine that Frank has very little to do with Sievey's actual life. Jon (Domhnall Gleeson) is keyboard player who has aspirations of greatness. One day when he's sitting by the beach he sees a man being dragged from the sea. It turns out that the man is the keyboard player for Frank’s band that goes by the weird name of The Soronprfbs. After a disastrous first gig Jon is invited to join the band in a remote country house in Ireland where they plan to record their new album. The band members include manager Don (Scoot Mc Nairy), theremin player Clara (Maggie Gyllenhaul), French bassist Baraque (Francis Civil) and drummer Nana (Carla Azar) and of course there's Frank the leader of the band who is treated by the others as a musical genius.

After they run out of time and money in Ireland Jon, who has given the band some kind of notoriety by tweeting there goings on on the internet, throws in is inheritance which allows the band to head to the SXSW festival in Texas.

It's once they are in Texas that things start to go wrong, band members quit and Frank's secret is revealed.

The music in Frank is strange and certainly not mainstream and as such won't be to everyone's taste. The story tends to progress at a snails pace and is frankly just not very interesting. If you have an interest in Frank Sidebottom then you might enjoy Frank, if you're walking in blind then I think that you might find Frank a hard watch.



Frank (15)

1h 35m

Director: Lenny Abrahamson
Starring: Michael Fassbender, Domhnall Gleeson, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Scoot McNairy


UK Release: Friday 9th May 2014





Frank - "SXSW" Clip

Frank - "The Head" Clip