Michael Fassbender stars as Frank, a genius rock musician who performs wearing a giant fake head that he never removes. Things get rocky between his protective bandmate Clara (Maggie Gyllenhaal) and newcomer Jon (Domhnall Gleeson), who is convinced they’re meant for stardom. The band lands their biggest gig, but are they ready? And is the world?


“Frank” is a movie that I love, but I can’t call it one of the best of the year. It’s this weird piece of oddity that mixes British and American indie influences to produce something unique in an age of tired bullshit. Plus, the songs are catchy. Who would’ve known that Fassbender could seriously front a band with this much credibility? It’s just a shame that the weird paper mache head thing had to steal so much focus. Oh well, anything to get asses in seats.

The concept of the film is neat, but it doesn’t sustain the appeal for feature length. Whenever the plot diverted back to Domnhall Gleeson doing his best Patrick Fugit, I was pissed and wanted more with the band. Scott McNairy fared well in the personal stuff, but the music is the star and half of the movie wants to fight it. That’s the problem when you create a fictional band that overpowers the lacking script. I’d like to call it Alan Parker syndrome. But, that did produce The Corrs. Look it up.

The DVD comes with deleted scenes, featurettes, interviews and commentary as the special features. The A/V Quality is typical for standard definition. If you’re looking for the best audio, then switch to Blu-Ray for the lossless options. If you’re giving this to Lo-Fi people, then this will work for the Holidays. In the end, I’d recommend a purchase.

RELEASE DATE: 12/09/2014

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