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Frank (2014) Film Review | 100 Day Film Challenge – Day 40

Directed by Lenny Abrahamson and starring Domhnall Gleeson, Michael Fassbender, and Maggie Gyllenhaal, Frank is a charming, humorous little gem that more people need to see.

Frank revolves around a guy named Jon (Gleeson, as adorable as ever). One day, he stumbles across a horrific (albeit hilarious) scene: a keyboardist for a local band has just tried to drown himself. Jon instantly gets the gig, but discovers he may have gotten in way over his head. The band is eccentric, with the lead singer Frank (Fassbender) always wearing a papier-mache head he refuses to take off. From dealing with a crazy manager (Gyllenhaal) to the pressures of trying to get a fledgling pop group off the ground, Jon soon learns that you should be careful what you wish for.

Domhnall Gleeson is perfection in this film. Adorable, relatable, and a dreamer, you can’t help but root for Jon. Michael Fassbender as the enigmatic Frank is magnificent. Having to perform almost the entire film without having your face shown is probably an incredibly difficult task, but Fassbender pulls it off effortlessly.

This is an absolutely charming film. The cinematography is simple yet gorgeous, and I loved how whenever Jon sent a tweet, it was overlayed on the screen. Frank is also incredibly funny. I laughed more during my time with this movie than I do with most comedies.

Some may find this movie to be a little too quirky, but if you can appreciate a beautiful indie film with amazing performances, stunning cinematography, and sweet humor, you owe it to yourself to watch Frank.

Verdict: 4/5



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