The Movie Snob goes alt-rock.
Frank (B-). A work colleague saw this movie, hated it, and basically dared me to see it. Truly, I didn’t think it was half-bad. Domhnall Gleeson (Calvary) stars as John, a forlorn British office drone who spends his days writing half-songs in his head and dreaming of rock-and-roll stardom. Through sheer chance, he becomes the keyboardist for an extremely alternative rock band whose lead singer—Frank (Michael Fassbender, X-Men: Days of Future Past)—wears a large plastic head over his own head and never takes it off. The band’s music is unlistenable (it reminded me of a blend of The Doors at their most pretentious and early Pink Floyd at its spaciest), but John doggedly tries to build up a following on the internet while simultaneously nudging the band—mostly in vain—to produce a slightly more accessible sound. It’s not clear who’s crazier—the older members of the band, or John for thinking he can domesticate them. I thought Maggie Gyllenhaal (Crazy Heart) was sadly underused as the band’s angriest member. Not bad for a matinee, if you’re up for an odd story about an odd rock band.