It is quite hard to sum up this film in a couple of paragraphs. The basic premise revolves around a band and their creative process, but it gets much more interesting by the time it is all over.
General CommentsI wasn't sure what to think of this film when I first saw it. I saw the picture of the guy with a giant silly head and thought, "This might be an interesting film. Is this supposed to be funny? Is it a film about a crazy ax murderer? Is it a live action South Park?"
Well I can say this much, it is not a film about a crazy ax murderer. It is a film about a band and the music they make together. It centers around Jon Burroughs; a guy who is desperate to be an actual musician. When Jon gets invited to play keyboard with an established band, he jumps at the opportunity. Little does he know what he is getting himself into. Lets get to the categories and delve deeper into this crazy little film.
CinematographyThis film does do some fairly creative things with the camera. You are always seeing the events of the film as if you are a spectator. A fly on the wall so to speak. They make you feel like you are right there with Jon and Frank as they go through their journey in this film. You can certainly appreciate a well thought out scene and you can tell the director and cinematographer certainly were thinking when they filmed this movie.
Michael Fassbender is amazing as Frank. Michael brings an intensity to Frank that is gentle yet appropriate for the character. Frank is awkward, and yet at the same time you get a sense that he really has the universe figured out. Maggie Gyllenhaal has long been one of my favorite actors. Maggie can be loving, gentle, kind, and absolutely freaking nuts all in the same scene. Her performance as Clara in this film is certainly another outstanding piece of her work.
Last mention but not the least is Domhnall Gleeson who plays Jon. Honestly the whole time I was watching this film I kept thinking to myself, "Is that the kid who played Ron Weasley in Harry Potter?" I guess the reason that I kept thinking this is because he actually played Bill Weasley in the films. Domhnall brought a certain sort of naive yet eager energy to this part. This energy is important for the role of Jon who is quite enthusiastic, yet desperate to find his place in the band.
Closing ThoughtsI really enjoyed this film on many levels. It was a look into the psyche, and what makes us human through the enjoyable mediums of music and film. While the film is kind of a heavy with its themes of humanity and what makes us tick, it also has its fun moments to keep the overall tone from getting to dark.
The characters are all pretty likable and you will certainly be wrapped up in what is going to happen to the band. Like many other Indie titles this one is a character films. If you cannot connect with the characters then it is probably not going to hold your interest. Overall I liked it and I would probably watch it again, but not right away.
Magic Math Machine tells us what our score is. So we put some trash in the Mr. Fusion, scrape some lead paint off the wall, put a sock in the blender and carry a tune then you get 5.8. So rounding up, I rate this film 6 out of 7 smiley Mike heads.