FRANK | DVD REVIEW & GIVEAWAY

Big oops – went to send these out today to prize winners and realised I had not even listed the competition yet, was still in drafts – so sorry about that one. FRANK is the Fassbender weirdo film of 2014 that everyone loves, I do not think you even see his face as he has the giant head thing on :). Kernel Nick reviewed it back in June and three of the kernels have rated it over 4 pops so it’s a keeper! Our uber friends, that totally look after you, at MADMAN have given us four copies on DVD to giveaway so enjoy Nick’s review again, or for the first time, and then find out how to win! FRANK is out now on DVD – if you don’t win buy that thing! All the best..JK.

ORIGINAL REVIEW FROM JUNE 2014

Kernel Nick hit up one of the most talked about art-house films of 2014 at the Sydney Film Festival. It has been a hit everywhere it plays, is a muso, somewhat odd hipster-like film, that stars Michael Fassbender, in a band, wearing a huge paper mache full-head mask. Yep, that one. I was stuck at work and missed this one at the festival, thinking of just buying it on Blu Ray to own when it is out. But it is out now at art house cinemas from MADMAN, is rated MA15+ and runs for 95mins. If you want to know exactly where it is playing click HERE. Now enjoy Kernel Nick’s review…all the best…JK.

 

FRANK MOVIE POSTER IMAGE
FRANK | SALTY POPCORN REVIEW | MOVIE POSTER

 

REVIEW BY NICK STANBROOK

A truly bizarre film. But not too bizarre. One of my favourite films of the year thus far.

FRANK is about aspiring musician Jon (Domhnall Gleeson), as he suddenly and unexpectedly joins a band. This band, is no ordinary band. Their music is what some may call, alternative, and their stage presence is equally as unconventional. Oh an the lead singer, Frank, wears a large paper Mache head. Which he never takes off. Oh and it’s Michael Fassbender under that fake head. The story follows Jo as he joins the band and slowly gets to know the other members, particularly Frank.

 

FRANK CAST IMAGE
FRANK | SALTY POPCORN REVIEW | THE BAND/ CAST

 

The characters are weird, all of them, even Jon. Maggie Gyllenhaal plays Clara, the psychotic synth player, Scoot Mcnairy plays Don, the manager, who also has more than a few screws loose. If you are worried that this film is going to be one of those bizarre art house films, where no one really knows what’s going on, where you don’t feel like you are cool enough or smart enough to be in the audience. Don’t be. Although this film is out there, it is still really accessible. The film is enjoyable and fun, instead of making you feel like you aren’t quite alternative enough, it makes you feel like everyone has a bit of oddity hidden inside of them. You might as well enjoy it.

One of the main talking points for this film, is the big fake head worn by Frank. I think the main talking point should be that it is Michael Fassbender inside of that fake head. I’m sure the marketing team wouldn’t have been too happy that they had a big recognisable celebrity, but they couldn’t put his face all over the posters. However, I think for a film like this it was definitely a good decision to not have Fassbender as the main marketing point. During the film, the lack of Fassbender’s face allows a greater level of immersion in the world of the film.

 

FRANK THE BAND IMAGE
FRANK | SALTY POPCORN REVIEW | THE BAND/ CAST

 

Fassbender was obviously brought onto the film for more than his marketability, he is also an astoundingly good actor. He manages to bring an innocence to Frank, instead of him coming off as creepy and psychotic, he is sometimes the character you empathise with the most. Who knew that a man wearing a fake head could convey so much emotion and complexity.

The rest of the cast is not left behind in terms of performance. Domhnall Gleeson, is our protagonist and he does an excellent job of being a bridge between the reasonable and the outrageous. He guides the audience from the normal everyday, to the world of Frank.

Being a film about a band, music features heavily. Most of the songs in the film are performed by the cast, as the band. It always adds authenticity and a further level of immersion, when those on screen are actually singing, actually playing their instruments. You see it in their faces and the way they breath between words, it just adds to everything as a whole. The music is weird, but it has soul and emotion. Sometimes the music is abrasive, and hard to listen to although the majority of the music is full of heart, just not in the way most people are used to.

 

FRANK MOVIE IMAGE
FRANK | SALTY POPCORN REVIEW | FRANK (MICHAEL FASSBENDER) AND JON (DOMHNALL GLEESON)

 

The accessibility of the film, despite its strange subject matter, is to be commended. It does not ostracize the audience, it embraces them. We follow Jon, who is essentially one of us, for lack of a better word, “normal”. This allows us to enter the bizarre world gently and get used to it before fully diving in. The use of internal monologue, again eases the transition between the sane and not so sane.

FRANK was fun. It was weird but in a good way. A unique film, about unique people. Everyone has a weird side, some of us are better at hiding it than others, but FRANK makes you want to let it loose. Embrace the unusual, enjoy the odd. FRANK is more than a film about a band lead by a man wearing a fake head. It’s about knowing who you are. Go see FRANK, go have fun, and most importantly go be weird!

Oh and one more thing. It’s actually based on a true story. Mind blown! I will let you explore that one at your leisure.

 

KERNEL NICK’S POP SCORE:

4 and a Half Pops

KERNEL ANDREW’S POP SCORE:

4 Pops

KERNEL DARA’S POP SCORE:

5 Pops

 

With special thanks to MADMAN FILMS to win one of the 4X DVDs of FRANK you need to either like and share/ retweet this post on Facebook/Twitter/ Google+/ Pinterest/ LinkedIn/ Flip It or Instagram (all the links to follow us are on the top right of homepage), you then need to leave a comment below stating the answers to the following question/s:

What is the best Michael Fassbender role of all time and why? XMen and 12 Years a Slave win for me – so differing and great gritty dark roles. 

If you do not have Facebook and Twitter then get with the times – You can still enter, leave your entry below and email me at jking@saltypopcorn.com.au telling me you don’t have social media (you still need to enter on the website).

It is a game of skill and selected purely on the thoughts of the judges, said judges being the Salty Kernels.

The prizes will be sent after in the next couple of weeks. Good luck! Oh, and minor housekeeping – huge apologies for overseas readers, this competition is only available to Australian residents.