Published: 06/05/2014 09:00 - Updated: 29/04/2014 11:29

Movie Of The Week: Frank

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Frank - how am I supposed to make an irreverent joke about a man with a paper mache head brandishing a guitar?

Release: May 9th

Starring: Michael Fassbender, Domhnall Gleeson

Synopsis: Frank is a comedy about a young wannabe musician, Jon, who discovers he's bitten off more than he can chew when he joins a band of eccentric pop musicians led by the mysterious and enigmatic Frank and his terrifying sidekick, Clara. Frank's uniqueness lies in the fact that he makes music purely for the joy of creating and because he wears a giant fake head. After a rocky start, Jon ingratiates himself with the band, and they retreat to a cabin in the woods to record an album. As his influence waxes, creative tensions mount and the band's entire raison d'être is called into question.

Why You Should See It: Very, very loosely based off the comedy character Frank Sidebottom, the film looks at the joy of music, rather than just the business of it. Everything about the band that Jon joins seems to be about making music just for the sake of it.

Michael Fassbender's performance as the titular Frank is nothing short of excellent. Acting with a mask on is hugely challenging, particularly when it comes to creating an empathetic character – yet Fassbender does it with his usual skill.

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