So when I went into the cinema to watch Frank back in 2014 I really had no idea what to expect. I was living in South Manchester at the time the turf of the iconic papier-mache comic Frank Sidebottom the film drew inspiration from. My thoughts at the time were about how the bloody hell can they make an indie musical comedy from this character starring none other than Michael Fassbender, unless of course it was inspired by Frank Sidebottom’s ‘Panic On The Streets of Timperley’!
Well they only went and bloody did it and Frank turned out to become one of the most endearing musical comedies out there.
I look at Frank as an inspirational coming of age film for the freaks, weirdos and the insecure out there, which let’s be honest we all are in someway or another! It’s about a chaotic group of misfits who through whatever circumstances have found each other and discovered a sense of place and normality together.
The members of The Soronprfbs which includes the enigmatic Frank (Michael Fassbender), mood swinging Clara (Maggie Gyllenhaal), and manackin ‘friend’ Don (Scott McNair) have come together with all their often extreme quirks and insecurities to find a special kind of peace through music. Indeed it’s the ‘straight’ character Jon (Domhnall Gleeson) with his obsession with popularity and finding his muse that soon seems the most destructive and insecure.
I think the closing song ‘I Love You All’ really encapsulates this is outlandish sense of togetherness, belonging and love. Like hammering mismatched lost pieces of a jigsaw together, it won’t look right but the board will be just as strong.
Fun bonus fact: the introduction scene where Jon becomes the new keyboardist is true to life of how Jon Ronson, co-writer and Frank Sidebottom’s keyboard player, found his way into the band.