Frank: Original Offbeat Comedy about Music Starring Michael Fassbender

Offbeat, strange, and utterly original, the simply titled feature “Frank” is an endearing musical comedy from the gifted amd eccentric Irish director Lenny Abrahamson.

World premiering at the 2014 Sundance Film Fest, Frank is being released this weekend (Aug 15) by the entrepreneurial Magnolia.

Director Lenny Abrahamson follows up his acclaimed films Adam & Paul, Garage, and What Richard Did with a sharply written and acted comedy about a young wannabe musician, Jon (Domhnall Gleeson), who finds himself out of his depth when he joins an avant-garde pop band led by the mysterious and enigmatic Frank (Michael Fassbender), a musical genius who hides himself inside a large fake head, and his terrifying bandmate Clara (Maggie Gyllenhaal).

You can tell that all the actors involved had a good deal of fun while making this weird comedy, which represents a breath of fresh air amidst summer’s comic strip and spectacles.

Ultimately, Frank is more than just a satirical comedy, due to its insights about the nature of music and its oddball, often mad masters-creators.

MPAA: R

Running time: 95 minutes.

Directed by Lenny Abrahamson

Screenplay: Jon Ronson and Peter Straughan

In Theaters: Aug 15, 2014 Limited

Magnolia Pictures