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August 29, 2014
Quirky Musicians in Frank Croon Cult Following
— Posted by Kenny Miles
Frank is about miserable musicians playing eccentric tunes with a very bizarre front man with odd behavior. Viewers are in for a treat. The randomness on display is unpredictable, funny, and a bit sad. I really liked how well the cast worked together here. Fassbender was a hoot in the role as the lead…even though you don’t see his face. It is a unique performance in a diverse career from a talented actor.
As a quirky, “meta-comedy” based on now deceased British comedian Chris Sievey’s iconic character, it will unfamiliar to American audiences and may not translate well. I hope this isn’t the case. The jaded will love this movie. Numerous uncomfortable laughs could strike a gleeful tone with a niche hipster set. Cult sleeper status potential could happen in the States if not theatrically then absolutely on Netflix! My screening at SXSW was a riot as we were given Frank masks and the audience liked the movie. Divisive reactions could happen, but that solidifies the cult following. Some people will love Frank.
There’s no doubt that Frank is an odd movie. Yet, the new movie from Lenny Abrahamson is confident in its quirkiness which is something missing in indie cinema. This is impressive since Mr. Abrahamson is just getting his career going. I’m eager to see what he has in store next. In the meantime, get familiar with Frank so you can know what to what people will be talking about before the chatter starts.
I rate Frank an 8 out of 10.
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Whether something is overlooked by Hollywood or whatever business trend has captured the Entertainment Industry’s attention, Kenny Miles loves to talk about movies (especially the cultural impact of a film). He covers various aspects of movies including specialty genre films, limited release, independent, foreign language, documentary features, and THE much infamous "awards season." Also, he likes to offer his opinion on the business of film, marketing strategy, and branding. He currently resides in Denver, Colorado and is a member of the Denver Film Critics Society critics group. When he isn’t writing, Kenny channels his passion for interacting with moviegoers (something most movie pundits lack) as a pollster for the market research company CinemaScore and working as floor staff/special events coordinator in the film community. You can follow him on Twitter @kmiles723.
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