Jon is savvy with social media, so while the band was making their album, he was updating the progress via tweets, and adding videos of the band rehearsing on Youtube. Jon believes that the band's music is so unique and Frank as a singer and front man being so quirky and strange with his mask head, he is convinced that if they attend the SXSW festival, they will receive the fame that the band and especially Frank deserves. But Jon doesn't realize that maybe the band preferred their obscurity, and not making "likable" music for the masses. With the mental stability of Frank in question, Jon may have set up the band to self destruct with this new direction he's pushing them to go in to. The film doesn't explain early on why Frank wears the mask, but there are quirks about him that gives the viewer enough information to understand that Frank is suffering from some sort of mental illness.
The film was a roller coaster ride of being very funny one moment, very dark and sad the next, and then hopeful and funny again. Needless to say, the SXSW gig did not turn out as planned and Frank's mental illness becomes full blown in a sad way. Eventually, Frank does find himself and as he sings 'I Love You All' at the end, it's really Frank being Frank and singing like he could have been doing all the long. Through dark tragedies comes a new life and everyone moving on again as it should be.
|Michael, Lenny Abrahamson (director) and Domhnall Gleeson|
I can't wait to see this again in August!
|Picture of the screen just before the viewing of Frank.|