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“I love you all” – Michael Fassbender sings the Gospel wearing a papier-mâché head

Josh Larsen

Josh Larsen
August 29, 2014

"I Love You All," the standout song sung by Michael Fassbender in Frank, has Gospel echoes all over it.

Ellie
June 4, 2015

This movie revolves around sin, darkness, and really has nothing to do with Christianity. Your attempts to make everything about Jesus are valiant but in vain. This article really makes it sound like you're trying to advocate the movie, praise it for things it is most assuredly not, and justify it.

The real lyrics are, by the way:

El Madrid, it's nice to be here
Really nice to see you
I love your wall
Stale beer, fat f***ed, smoked out, cowpoked
Sequined mountain ladies
I love your wall

Put your arms around me
Fiddly digits, itchy britches
I love you all

I love you all
3x

Washroom smells; it could be cleaner
Stench of cigarettes and stale urea
I love you all
Prodigal son wants to return
To where the dogs played pool
I love you all

I love you all
3x

El Madrid, it's nice to be here
Really nice to see you
I love you all
Stale beer, fat f***s, smoked out, cowpokes
Sequined mountain ladies
I love you all

Put your arms around me
Fiddly digits, itchy britches
I love you all

I love you all
3x

Leave the movie as it is: a beautifully filmed, crude comedy that is everything Paul talks about in Romans 1:
"And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting; being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil-mindedness; they are whisperers, back-biters, haters of God, violent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, unforgiving, unmerciful; who, knowing the righteous judgement of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same, but also approve of those who practice them."

Be careful of what and who you approve of. And don't go telling people where to find the Gospel if it's not the freakin Gospel of Christ and Christ only.

Josh Larsen
TC Staff
June 4, 2015

In Reply to Ellie (comment #27200)
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There are all sorts of directions we could go based on your comment, Ellie, but I have a feeling most of those would be fruitless until I pointed out that much of my writing about movies – and indeed, much of the writing at Think Christian in general – operates with an understanding of <a href="http://static1.squarespace.com/static/53189f41e4b0ee73efed7b5a/t/533ea67ce4b05289c3da94dc/1396614780413/What_Is_Common_Grace.pdf">common grace</a>. Key to the work of theologian Abraham Kuyper, common grace partly suggests that God’s sovereignty means He can speak and work through all people and all things. I take this to include movies, even those that aren’t squeaky clean.

Brian
July 8, 2015

Common grace is right, and "Frank" is a wonderful and compassionate film. At first it seems to just be showcasing an eccentric personality, but eventually we come to see Frank for the troubled soul he is and the film reveals itself as a sympathetic portrayal of mental illness and the friendship he needs. When we meet his parents, we see that there are no easy answers, and the eventual conclusion, "I love you all" is quite touching.

Brian Boyko
February 15, 2016

Not a christian; just randomly happened on this page googling for something else.

But I like your interpretation. And even if it's not what the filmmakers had in mind, it's the kind of love-thy-neighbor stuff I'm sure Jesus would have approved of.

Thanks. :D

Dave
October 17, 2016

Where does "put your arms around me, fiddly digits, itchy britches" fit in your interpretation?

Amazing song whatever skewed interpretation you come out with. "I love you all"

Josh Larsen
TC Staff
October 18, 2016

In Reply to Dave (comment #29356)
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Well, "put your arms around me" is an offering of embrace. "Fiddly digits" and "itchy britches" both have negative connotations, so I suppose that would fit in with the idea of grace: offering love to the imperfect.

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