'Frank' is a Fine Friday Film For Everyone, The Critics Agree

Michael Fassbender’s obvious charms lay in his aesthetic. He’s a handsome guy. We don’t see a great deal of his face in ‘Frank’, but that not to say his performance isn’t enchanting, and the critics agree, Lenny Abrahamson’s indie flick is a triumph.

FrankMichael Fassbender in 'Frank'

So there’s no real reason not to see it tonight, even though you’ve got some strong options, like The Wind Rises, which - as we wrote earlier - has attracted some similarly strong praise from the critics. It’s certainly a Friday for alternative film-lovers. 

‘Frank’ follows Joe, a budding musician who finds himself in at the deep end when he joins a band fronted by Frank, who sports that recognisable mask for the majority of the film, and his sidekick Clara. 

“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,” writes Peter Bradshaw for The Guardian, while Empire Magazine’s Damon Wise writes: “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.”

“By surreal indirection, it gets closer to the dreams and dynamism of rock wannabes than many a film with a more frontal, frowning brief,” says The Financial Times’ Nigel Andrews.

More: read our review of 'Frank'

“Surrealist shenanigans are what we’ve come to expect from Welsh gonzo journalist and screenwriter Jon Ronson (The Men Who Stare at Goats), but he surpasses all expectation with this charmingly off-kilter resurrection of cult TV and stand-up persona, Frank Sidebottom, who was brought to life by musician and comedian Chris Sievey for over two decades,” says Little White Lies’ Adam Woodward. 

With a ‘certified fresh’ rating of 91% on Rotten Tomatoes behind it, Friday film fans can do no better than checking it out tonight when it’s released in the U.K. 


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