Movie Review: MANK (2020)
Rejuvenating Old Hollywood in awe-inspiring subtlety and fueled by one more crushing grandstand from the consistently dependable Gary Oldman, and furthermore offers a fascinating look into the impact and inward activities of the 1930s Hollywood industry through his smart eyes and searing mind.
Mank is a biographical drama about Herman J. Mankiewicz, the screenwriter of the film Citizen Kane. The movie revolves around how Herman developed his script in the happenings and circumstances during that time. The movie chronicles the life of screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz while he races to finish the script for the movie Citizen Kane.
From Director David Fincher, the direction has all the incredible craftsmanship and specialized flawlessness that goes into his works and easily ships the watchers to its period setting. The content shapes the characters with deft consideration however the narrative actually comes up short on the smoothness essential for a story as such. The thing which I didn’t like was the lack of tension. You could hear about it from the characters but never actually feel it emotionally.
Acting-wise, everyone gave a top-notch performance. Gary Oldman assumes the tough character from back to front. He is 60 years of age in real life but reprises the talented alcoholic lead who was nearly half his actual age at that time to near perfection. Lily Collins is outstanding as Rita Alexander. She seems to get better with time. Amanda Seyfried is charming in her job while Tom Burke typifies Orson Welles to approach flawlessness, nailing the rawness and quirk perfectly. They were joined by Arliss Howard and Charles Dance as both of them nailed their performances as well.
As for the technical aspects then the Production Design team does a great job in bringing the period Hollywood setting to life. The fresh highly contrasting photography, amazing camerawork, ideal lighting, astute humor, and savvy Editing positively improve the experience. Though, sometimes scenes feel a bit stretched. As for the score, then it’s a mixed bag for me. It was disappointing for me in the first two acts but felt a lot better in the final act. I don’t know if I am the only one but the main tune in the opening act felt like the tune from E.T.
On a general scale, Mank is an aggressive and venturesome endeavor that presents David Fincher in the unlimited authority of his specialty yet it likewise isn’t a story that will fulfill everybody’s sense of taste. You might not connect to the characters or the film emotionally, but you will know how Hollywood worked in the 1930s as the Mank’s scenes and dialogues are a perfect reference to that. All things considered, Mank has its benefits yet not at all like Fincher’s most popular endeavors, it neglects to abandon a permanent engraving.
K- SCORE: 90%
STW: 27/30, D: 23/25, C: 8/8, E: 4/5, A: 10/10, PVD: 12/12, S: 6/10