What is the story about?
Uncle Frank tells the story of Frank Bledsoe (Paul Bettany) who confronts his past about his sexual orientation. This entire road to discover him starts with a road trip to Creekville, SC, for a family funeral. The film is written and directed by Alan Ball.
Alan Ball’s film starts off as a great coming of age drama that builds a great drama with a strong emotional quotient. Uncle Frank has all the ingredients for a drama that had its heart in the right place. Bettany’s gentle yet aggressive nature comes really well making him a potential candidate as intended. Alan was very careful keeping the sentiments in order and in the process he took too much liberty making it a bit superficial towards the end. The taunt, the politics, and the emotion conveyed during the course of the film had a strong effect but in the end, it conveniently slides into a comfort zone that it was trying to come out of. But Alan manages to deliver something fresh along the way trying to nudge the obvious.
The traits of a typical American orthodox family were captured finely with commendable performances making it a worthy watch.
Paul Bettany as Frank is the driving force of the film which if you observe is very commendable. That’s closely followed by Sophia Lilli’s (Beth Bledsoe) striking spirit that adds zest to the story, whose character is on a self-discovering journey herself. To top them we have Peter Macdissi (Wally) who the director teamed up again after the series “Six Feet Under.” Peter was remarkable and steals the show with his deep-rooted performance.
The rest of the supporting cast includes Judy Greer, Steve Zahn, Margo Martindale and Stephen Root made a great ensemble making Uncle Frank an extremely emotional ride.
Music & Other Departments
The music was subtle so was the background score. The cinematography was really good and the addition of grains to the final out gives different touches altogether. The editing was seamless and it runs for a sharp 95 minutes with no jump cuts or irregularities which is the cast mostly when it comes to dramas.
The beautiful and moving performances that complemented the writing.
Except for the climax which seemed too convenient to be true.
Did I enjoy it?
It was a worthy watch.
Do I recommend it?
If you’re a fan of hard-hitting dramas, this will definitely be your cup of tea. It has all the requisites of a socio-drama that explores the widely debated orientation.