Mank (2020)


“You cannot capture a man’s entire life in two hours. All you can hope is to leave the impression of one.” – Herman Mankiewicz

Number of Times Seen – 1 (6 Dec 2020)

Brief Synopsis – Biopic of how famed Hollywood screenwriter collaborated with Orson Welles on the epic that would be known as one of the greatest films ever made.

My Take on it – This s a film that I heard about a few months ago and was quite interested in seeing what it would all be about.

They do a great job creating such a powerful story that does its best to give answers to the various myths surrounding the way that the story of Citizen Kane (1941) was written.

The film has a superb cast led by Gary Oldman in the title role and he truly transforms himself in this role, once again showing how great an actor he can be.

The film’s set pieces and production are created so well and they hep transport us back in time to the ruthless politics of Hollywood of the 1930’s which overflows into the real political arena.

They never shy away from giving us some of the very spiteful and despicable things that studios did at the time and they are commended for showing things warts and all.

The movie is filmed in back and white and this helps transport the viewer back to an entirely different era so well due to the classic feel of this story.

It also is able to help ground the story in a by gone era.

The bigger problem with this film is the way that it presets things in a very non-linear way.

This is done in a very jolting and whimsical way because of the vast number of changes along the way.

It does help establish much of the information that would have helped Mank piece together the script and characters for his masterpiece that would come to be known as one of the best movies of all time and is still considered by some even though it was made 8 decades ago.

Bottom Line – Powerful biopic that tries to give solid answers to the myths surrounding the making of Citizen Kane (1941). The cast is superb here and Oldman shines in the title role. The production and set pieces of this film are done extremely well and are able to transport us back to the ruthless Hollywood of the 1930’s, warts and all. The choice to film this in black and white helps bring forth the classic feel of the story and also finds a way to ground the story in a long gone era. The biggest problem with this film is its non-linear story that jumps back and forth through time on a whim, yet still helps establish how Mank was able to put all of his ideas together for the epic story of that would be Kane. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Gary Oldman is the eighth Oscar winner to play an Oscar winner in a movie, after Faye Dunaway (as Joan Crawford in Mommie Dearest (1981)), Nicolas Cage (as Charlie Kaufman in Adaptation. (2002)), Cate Blanchett (as Katharine Hepburn in The Aviator (2004) and as Bob Dylan in I’m Not There (2007)), Christian Bale and Heath Ledger (as Bob Dylan in I’m Not There (2007)), Tom Hanks (as Walt Disney in Saving Mr. Banks (2013)), and Nicole Kidman (as Grace Kelly in Grace of Monaco (2014)). (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)

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