Rating: 7.0/10 (49,347 votes) Director: Lenny Abrahamson Writer: Jon Ronson (screenplay), Peter Straughan (screenplay) Stars: Domhnall Gleeson, Moira Brooker, Paul Butterworth, Phil Kingston Runtime: 95 min Rated: R Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music Released: 05 Sep 2014
Plot: Jon, a young wanna-be musician, discovers he's bitten off more than he can chew when he joins an eccentric pop band led by the mysterious and enigmatic Frank.
Filmmaker Lenny Abrahamson is now an Oscar-nominated director for his work onRoom, but his previous film, Frank, proves the director’s range as he stretches into truly strange territory. Based on true events, the film follows a young aspiring musician played by Domhnall Gleeson who joins an eccentric pop band fronted by the mysterious Frank, a character played by Michael Fassbender who wears a giant mask over his head for almost the entire film. It’s a truly spectacular performance from Fassbender, who must use only his voice and body to convey the character’s complex emotions, and Gleeson is terrific as a naïve musician who, at heart, is just not very talented. This is an incredibly weird movie about art, music, and trauma, but it’s also delightful and wickedly funny. So for something off the beaten path, check out Frank. – Adam Chitwood