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.