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Director:  David Fincher

Starring:  Gary Oldman, Amanda Seyfried, Charles Dance

Running Time:  131 minutes

Release Date:  Streaming On Netflix Friday, December 4

| Film Synopsis |

1930s Hollywood is re-evaluated through the eyes of scathing social critic and alcoholic screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz as he races to finish the screenplay of Citizen Kane for Orson Welles.

| Review |
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Summary (out of 5)

This is David Fincher's first feature since 2014’s “Gone Girl,”. Fincher delivers an examination of the 1930s Hollywood studio system. Written by Fincher’s late father, Jack Fincher, before his death in 2003.

 

‘Mank’ is a ambitious, multi-layered story of Herman Mankiewicz (Gary Oldman), the man who wrote the original screenplay for what many people consider the greatest film ever made, “Citizen Kane.” Oldman plays Mank as a washed-up alcoholic who plays an unlikable guy.  The story flickers around in time to tell Mank's story from his days as one of the top screenwriters in the 1930s to his friendship with media baron William Hearst (Charles Dance) and his movie-star mistress Marion Davies (Amanda Seyfried).

The challenge with ‘Mank’  I believe is that it won't be a film for everyone. It's  a movie made for people who love the history of film. More for cinephiles.  Which is why I think it will lose some people.  It comes off as slightly bloated, very dry, and dialogue-driven. I just couldn't get into it.