Mank (2020)

Directed by David Fincher

Starring Gary Oldman, Amanda Seyfried, Lilly Collins

To think of that golden age of movie studios has always fascinated me. The way movies were made before compared to how they are made today is always interesting to me. This film feels like that in many ways from its black and white color and is set in the 1930s.

The movie focuses on screenwriter Herman Mankiewicz. In the present, Herman is in an accident and he is taking to a ranch so he can write a script for a project with Orson Wells, the project would be Citizen Kane. Through flashbacks, we see his relationship with the MGM studio, William Hearst, and the ways of the business back then.

I had this movie on my list and in all honesty, because it received various nominations I decided to finally see it. And I’m glad I did. I like most historical drama films, those based on true events. What made this film interesting for me was seeing the process of how Citizen Kane was made. Citizen Kane is so highly regarded among films even though I saw it and liked it but not that much. The film offers an interesting look at Hollywood and the era and how Hollywood influenced even then the politics as we see how the studios used movies to favor the Republican Party. I knew of William Hearst and the fact that he felt the movie Citizen Kane was based on him and how he fought against the picture. Here we see the relationship the writer had with him and how he might have gotten the inspiration. And it was also interesting how he fought for the credit.

I thought it was a great film. Is it for everyone I don’t know? It is a two-hour film of pure dialogue. It is an interesting film on the lines that it takes the audience back to that period and you get to have an idea of how things were at that time. The best part of the film is the performances. Led by the great Gary Oldman, he gives another outstanding performance, nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Actor as announced today. I liked Amanda Seyfried’s performance. The cast included Lilly Collins as a typewriter helping Herman write the script.

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