Thursday, November 20, 2014


Every year, we get an absolute menagerie of films. It's a blessing for those who like a wide variety of choices whenever they head to the movie theater. But as is the case with every passing year, there are those films that tend to slip beneath notice.

Such is the case with Lenny Abrahamson's Frank. It's easy to see how it got overlooked upon its release. (Being an indie released in the middle of the summer is one such reason.) But that doesn't mean it should have been ignored.

Usually British-produced films have a certain charm to them, and that is also the case with Frank. In a similar vein to the work of Wes Anderson, the film's charm coincides with its quirks. It's not usually a winning situation to some but it should also be pointed out that the humor of Frank is much darker than the humor in Anderson's films.

Sure, the premise and characters sound like the makings of a very silly film. But behind every happy story, there's tragedy. The film starts off on a whimsical note but it becomes clear as it wears on that there's much more to the characters than they're letting on.

Frank isn't anything groundbreaking but it's an entertaining watch. Thanks mainly to the work from Domhnall Gleeson and Michael Fassbender, the films shows how certain people interact and how it can lead to not-so-ideal situations. (Ah, life.)

My Rating: ****

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