Easily one of my most anticipated movies of 2020, “Mank” marks David Fincher’s long-awaited return to feature filmmaking. It’s his first film since 2014’s “Gone Girl” (has it really been that long?). This is an especially personal project for Fincher as it’s from a script written in the 1990’s by his late father. Not one, but two teaser trailers were dropped today by Netflix and let’s just say it was worth the wait.
“Mank” stars Oscar-winner Gary Oldman who plays screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz. The film follows his rush to finish writing the eventual Academy Award-winning script for the Orson Welles classic “Citizen Kane”. This behind-the-scenes biographical drama chronicles Mankiewicz’s personal problems including his alcoholism and explores the well-documented tensions between him and Welles. Not only is “Mank” set in the 1930’s, but it’s made to feel like a 1930’s movie including shooting in glorious black-and-white. And the supporting cast is really compelling: Amanda Seyfried, Lily Collins, Charles Dance, Tom Burke, Tuppence Middleton, Arliss Howard, and many others. I can’t wait!
“Mank” will get a limited theater run in late November before releasing on Netflix December 4th. Check out the two teasers below and let me know if you’ll be seeing it or taking a pass.