How do I describe Frank?
Frank is unique, different. You’ll immediately pick him out from the crowd. He’s the guy who can lead, who can inspire and who can bring out the best creativity in people.
You want to be Frank.
How do I describe Frank?
Frank is weird. He stands out from the crowd. He looks different from everyone and everyone can’t help but stare at him.
You don’t want to be Frank.
Frank is directed Lenny Abrahamson and stars Michael Fassbender (without his face), Domhnall Gleeson and Maggie Gyllenhaal.
You know what? It actually does not matter. But, here’s what you need to know. Jon is the narrator, a “struggling musician” who is trying to strum out music, while you know… living life, which includes going to work. Through situations, circumstances and such, he lands up joining a band, on their journey of creating music.
You are not Frank
Let me put it up out there. You are not Frank, you cannot be Frank, and maybe/most probably Frank can’t exist in real life. Whatever. You can’t be Frank. You can’t be a talented musician who inspires the band and everyone bows down to.
Also, you can’t wear a paper mask on your head forever, without ever removing it… even when you bathe.
You are Jon
You are ordinary. You write shit music, shit stories, make shit drawings – basically implying that you are a shit artist. You are not talented. You hope to be as brilliant as Frank. No, you want to be as brilliant as Frank. And, you are jealous of Frank – talent is… so easy for him. But, now you are on Frank’s band and you’re making brilliant music. You might actually have a chance at being famous, at being someone.
Frank’s About Life
Wow. That’s a lot of rambling.
You really have to watch Frank to understand its brilliance.
As a movie, Frank is an intense story about the struggle of musicians.
As a philosophical statement, Frank is about life. If I was to sum up… I would say it is about two things – human identity and being an artist.
We want to Be Different
Heck, I’m confusioucous. That’s my difference. We want to stand out from the crowd.
We want to be part of the Crowd
We want to have the right clothing at the right ceremony, say the right thing at the special event. Ask me what to order for food and I’ll freeze right up and act weird, I stand out while everyone orders easily. I don’t like that.
Frank and Jon
The movie Frank shows this contradiction through the human identities of Frank and Jon, and their music. Frank makes music no one has heard. It’s brilliant and pushes the boundaries.
Jon wants to make good music, but everytime he tries, it turns out to be crap. But Jon is trying to make popular music, music that will click with the masses.
However, that’s not all. When Frank learns that he has a growing number of fans, the fire of fame also lights under him too. As weird and otherworldly Frank is, he also wants the love of the world.
Kudos to the Actors
How do you act without a face? That’s a question you can ask Michael Fassbender, he’s master to behold. During the movie he wears a paper mask based on Frank Sidebottom. Through sheer body language and voice, he gives a unique character. However, Domhnall Gleeson is not to be left behind either. You know him as Bill Weasley and General Hux. He acts perfectly, bringing the mundane you and me alive.
For a movie that is based on musicians, Frank is not about the music. The movie focuses on the making of music. If you hope to hear the music that makes Frank so brilliant – you won’t. Yet, despite that Frank captures the journey of a musician. This method/technique used by the director simply means that Frank can be applied to any form of artistic expression.
This is a movie that will make your introspect about artists, about yourself, at your jealousy against those more talented than you. If you’re up for that, then I don’t know.. give it watch.
Frank… is not a movie that will appeal to everyone. But, if you want a movie to take you on the journey of an artist, then Frank is the one that has to be it.
Oh, and after the watch the movie, get back to me with the answer – How do you describe Frank?