SUNDANCE REVIEW: FRANK

Photography by : sundance.org

Text by : Conor Ambrose

January 20, 2014

Director Lenny Abrahamson’s film is the story of Jon, a hopeless songwriter who joins an eccentric band named SORONPRFBS built around a mysterious man named Frank who wears a paper mache head. Jon becomes a part of the band because he “can play C, F, and G” but when the group takes an open-ended hiatus to create their album he quickly realizes he is in for a very unique adventure.

Frank is the creative driving force of the group and the centerpiece of Abrahamson’s dark comedy. He facilitates the lighter moments in the film by saying his facial expressions out loud but also serves as a symbol for the band’s deeply troubled psyche.

In addition to creating this one-of-a-kind character Abrahmson also accurately captured the mentality of today’s overly eager musicians. Over the course of the film Jon gains a substantial social media following on Twitter and Tumblr and boasts over 25,000 views on YouTube, but like many upcoming artists nowadays fails to realize that 25,000 views on YouTube doesn’t mean shit.

The story of SORONPRFBS is an interesting one that left a lot of loose ends intentionally. But there is one question I can’t stop asking: Was I in on the joke? Or was the joke on me the whole time? Something tells me I will never know.