Friday, 12 February 2016
Starring: Michael Fassbender, Domhnall Gleeson, Maggie Gyllenhall
NB identifies muchly with the big-headed Frank: we both need an alter ego - a metaphorical disguise - in order to express ourselves. Admittedly, Frank does it much more successfully, and eventually (SPOLER) learns how to do it without the big head... NB however is trapped inside his character for life.
Frank combines many different elements of musical mythology, primarily, of course, the legend that is Frank Sidebottom and the Oh Blimey Band. The story focusses on what happens if someone ordinary gets involved in something extraordinary. The results are pretty bad.
In terms of the cast, I know he's scoring roles all over the place recently, but NB is actually unimpressed: No, it's not Michael Fassbender (who is surely one of the best and most diverse actors of the new millennium), it's Domhnal Gleeson. Admittedly, his character a bit weak and unlikable in this, but he's pretty wooden in general.
Thankfully, Michael B and Maggie G are here to keep things believable; if a story about a musical genius wearing a giant freak head recording an album in rural Ireland can be called believable.