Director: David Fincher
Writer: Jack Fincher
Starring: Gary Oldman, Amanda Seyfried, and more.
It took awhile for me to catch this one. I intended to watch it when it came out, but it did not get exactly rave reviews. Obviously with the Oscars coming soon and “Mank” getting the big nomination for Best Picture, it was due to get an Oberrating.
“1930’s Hollywood is reevaluated through the eyes of scathing social critic and alcoholic screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz as he races to finish the screenplay of Citizen Kane (1941).”
Yeah, it is unfortunate to say that I am on the negative end of my reception of “Mank.” It essentially reminds me of how I received “Phantom Thread.” Method actor in a period piece film, trudging through an incredibly slow and boring film that, personally, is hard to follow. As if the story was not dull enough, there are a plethora of flashbacks to show Mank’s history that led to his present day self as he is writing “Citizen Kane.” It was just simply not my cup of tea. Booooorrriiinngg
Performance wise, what is there to say with an Oldman performance? Of course he is great! Of course he goes above and beyond to give us a treat. However, I would not put this Oldman performance among the top rankings. As a matter of fact, given the other Best Actor nominees, I see better performances.
Now even though “Mank” does not give me all that much entertainment value, that does not mean I do not have positive things to say about the film. As for any Fincher project, you have to be blind to not see the quality he practically guarantees with his pieces. His directorial touch is felt through the actors interactions with each other. The cinematography is utterly beautiful with the black and white vibe. The production is simply impressive, which saves me from utterly ruining the rating.
The Oscars looovvveee their movies about Hollywood. It is a shame they just love clearly anything because this movie ain’t it, chief. Aside from the production, nothing truly impressed me all that much. As I said, personally it was a tad confusing to follow and with whatever I did follow, it was quite boring. If you are a Best Picture snob like me, clearly a watch is necessary. If this movie was on your radar because of Fincher, Oldman, or simply plain interest. Well, you can skip it.
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