Starring Domhnall Gleeson, Michael Fassbender, Maggie Gyllenhaal, and Scoot McNairy
Directed by Lenny Abrahamson
***This film is currently streaming on Netflix***
Domhnall Gleeson is Jon, a struggling young artist who wants nothing more than to have a successful career in music. While walking along the British shores one afternoon, he sees a man attempting to drown himself in the ocean. The saved man happens to be a keyboard player for the weird alternative band The Soronprfbs and Jon is invited on a whim to join them for the evening and replace the suicidal pianist. When Jon arrives at the gig, he discovers that the lead singer is a guy named Frank (Michael Fassbender) who wears a large papier-mâché head which he never removes. While certainly odd, Jon joins the band as they embark on an odyssey of creating their next album.
Gleeson is one of the decade's most promising rising stars for me and he doesn't disappoint here either. From the very beginning of the film, he exudes a natural charm that makes it impossible not to root for his character. Taking a more comedic turn than we're used to seeing from him, Michael Fassbender also proves to be compelling as the title character, bringing a surprising amount of heart, humor, and expression to a role that hardly ever allows us to see his facial expressions at all.
Unfortunately, despite these two rather good performances, Frank flounders as it progresses which is a shame because it starts so very promisingly.
The RyMickey Rating: C