Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation
Top

Add Frank To Your Summer Cinema List

frank2.jpg
frank1.jpg

This summer, Michael Fassbender will only be appearing in films that require him to wear impressive and highly unorthodox headgear. X-Men: Days Of Future Past (out June) sees him re-don Magneto’s Boba Fett-ish bucket helmet, while Frank (out May), finds him strapping a far odder item over his bonce.

Written by Jon ‘The Psychopath Test’ Ronson , and based on his experiences performing with avant-garde Mancunian comedian Frank Sidebottom, the film follows the ups and (mainly) downs of titular oddball Frank (Fassbender), an enigmatic musical virtuoso who keeps his face permanently hidden under a fake head. Domhnall Gleeson plays the Ronson character (imaginatively named ‘Jon’) – a vaguely feckless keyboardist who joins Frank’s band by accident, and becomes embroiled in an insane tour, a disastrous recording session, and an amusing love/hate relationship with Maggie Gyllenhaal.

There are – as you’d expect from a film that takes Hollywood’s hottest leading man and hides him under a giant papier-mâché mask – plenty of offbeat laughs and dark humour, but there’s also some genuinely touching and poignant moments examining the fragile nature of artistic genius. All that aside, it’s worth the ticket price alone to hear Fassbender deadpan his facial expressions from inside his mad mask: “Lips pushed together as if to say, ‘Enough frivolity’.”

Frank is at cinemas nationwide from 9 May

Related

paddy-considine-sae19474.jpg

Fassbender Macbeth Movie Swells Its Cast

prison.jpg

10 Characters You Always See In Prison Movies

INO_KEITEL_C_PENN_CTK35776.jpg

The 30 Coolest Films Ever

main11.jpg

Latest Edge Of Tomorrow Trailer Lands

foxcatcher.jpg

The 12 films to get excited about in 2014

MF.png

Michael Fassbender

Comments

More

Disney is remaking The Lion King and nothing is sacred anymore

The Jungle Book's Jon Favreau will be overseeing the daunting project

28 Sep 2016

Exclusive: Sam Neill confirms he's in Thor 3

23 Sep 2016

Chris Pratt is a big deal - and we couldn't be happier for him

Chris Pratt talks to Jimi Famurewa about stripping off, the pay gap and why he’s happy to be a piece of meat

22 Sep 2016

See the hilarious War On Everyone for FREE

ShortList Film Club gives you the chance to catch it first and for free

21 Sep 2016

Morgan Spurlock's 'Rats' documentary is the biggest horror of 2016

If you weren't already terrified of rats then you will be after this by Paddy Maddison

19 Sep 2016

Why does Bill Murray have no friends?

Is there are more sinister side to why Billy 'No Mates' Murray needs to be worshipped? by Tristan Cross

15 Sep 2016

Six reasons new thriller The Clan is unmissable

by Joe Ellison

15 Sep 2016

Daniel Radcliffe has issues in exclusive clip for new Neo-Nazi drama

He's come a long way since Harry Potter by Paddy Maddison

13 Sep 2016

Stylised Sci-Fi posters bring new life to your favourite films

Your favourite Sci-Fi films reimagined by Paddy Maddison

13 Sep 2016

Mad Max without special effects is still incredible

Those of a nervous disposition may wish to look away now. by Paddy Maddison

13 Sep 2016