There are few things I would guess Michael Fassbender unlikely to ever try, and one of them was comedy. He’s one of the most gifted actors of his generation, and when you consider that his generation includes Tom Hiddleston, Tom Hardy, Benedict Cumberbatch, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Joauqin Phoenix to name a few, that is an accomplishment all in itself. But comedy? Nah. I always thought Fassbender would be the guy who stuck to drama. He’s got that face that carries pain and anger with aplomb, just as it can turn to violent menace on the turn of a dime. So kudos to the guy who realised that if you cover that face with a giant Frank Sidebottom mask, you can wring a whimsical comedy performance from the man that will change perceptions in all the best ways.
Based on the actual story of 90s giant head wearing character Frank Sidebottom (originally performed by Chris Sievey), this very indie looking film charts the trials and tribulations of the man playing ‘a really important gig’ at SXSW festival. I’m pretty sure there’s more to it than that, but at this point I’m just happy to see Fassbender thoroughly enjoying himself in a film that will surely be amongst this year’s most irreverent and fun.
How brilliant is that song at the end? I had to go back to listen to that a good 7 times before I stopped laughing uncontrollably. “Coca Cola, lipstick, Ringo, dance all night, dance all night” may be the best lyrics for a pop song I have ever heard. I can only hope this gets considered for the Best Original Song Oscar next year. That would be incredible, especially given that Fassbender would have to perform it live in front of all those people he’s worked so hard to build a massive amount of respect from. I’d buy that for a dollar!