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Frank (15)

Frank (15)

Comedy, Drama, Mystery

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.

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The critical consensus

Frank is a peculiar pleasure, furiously funny from the start before drifting seamlessly into more sorrowful territory.

****(*)Emma Simmonds, The List, 21/04/2014

Dreams of rock stardom become a warped reality in this barking-mad but affecting comedy about the side-effects of being a non-conformist genius.

****(*)Damon Wise, Empire Online, 05/05/2014

A glorious curveball: surreal, abstract, laugh-out-loud funny and quietly moving. And the ‘tunes’ – performed live by the cast and sung by Fassbender – are a knockout.

****(*)Jamie Graham, Total Film, 05/05/2014

You don’t need to be a music fan to appreciate this movie’s intelligent hat-tip to music savants; Frank Sidebottom’s naive, scraggly-voiced, lo-fi pop never really engaged me. However, I did love Frank.

*****Siobhan Synnot, The Scotsman, 04/05/2014

Lenny Abrahamson is a filmmaker with a nuanced sense of tone, and he handles the shift from surreal comedy to something deeper and more complex with a typically deft touch.

****(*)Philip Concannon, The Skinny, 05/05/2014

It offers thought-provoking material about fame and the connection between creative talent and mental stability, and there are a number of genuinely amusing moments littered throughout.

***(*)(*)Stephen Carty, Flix Capacitor, 05/05/2014

The film isn’t as funny as might have been expected and the final-reel revelations risk undermining its mystique. Its attitude toward the music business is hard to surmise. We are never sure if it is satire or a celebration of offbeat genius. And yet, for all its dissonances, Frank is provocative and affecting.

***(*)(*)Geoffrey MacNab, The Independent, 08/05/2014

Frank works as satire, as memoir, as comedy bromance, but it works mostly because it is just so weird: an anti-Dumas fable about a man who never removes a fake head.

****(*)Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 08/05/2014

It is often hilarious but grows less engaging as it turns more serious and Frank’s eccentricity veers towards madness.

Allan Hunter, Daily Express, 09/05/2014

Given the set up, the conventionally sentimental ending feels like a cop out.

Adam Woodward, Little White Lies, 08/05/2014

This is a film that earns its artistic credibility as it progresses. Great stuff.

****(*)Alistair Harkness, The Scotsman, 10/05/2014

While Frank may not be for everyone (just as Sidebottom, Beefheart and Johnston were never chart-toppers), for those who like their movies to dance to a different beat, it is something rather exceptional.

****(*)Mark Kermode, The Observer, 11/05/2014

Features about Frank (15)

Frank Sidebottom and the man behind the mask

Ian Youngs, BBC, 24/04/2014

Michael Fassbender: Frank and me

Steve Rose, The Guardian, 24/04/2014

Where and when?

Cameo, Edinburgh from Friday May 23, 2014, until Thursday May 29, 2014. More info:

Edinburgh Filmhouse, Edinburgh from Friday June 13, 2014, until Tuesday June 17, 2014. More info:

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