First Glance (x2): “Mank”


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.

11 thoughts on “First Glance (x2): “Mank”

  1. Cool that it will be on netflix in Dec. It doesn’t grab me much from the previews. I may be the only person alive who didn’t like Citizen Kane, which may mean I wouldn’t like this. I’ll give it a try and see how it goes…

  2. I like the presentation of both of those trailers. Looks incredible. Yeah, I’m going to see this at home on my laptop. Plus, I’m eager to hear what Trent & Atticus are going to do with the score as they’re going to be using the instruments of the time for the music score. This is why I love NIN and David Fincher, they never play it safe.

  3. I’m in for this, Hope Oldman doesn’t HDR the role too much, he’s always most impressive restrained. Never got through all of Citizen Kane but appreciated the photography, so looking forward to how they’ve done this.

  4. I look forward to this. I liked the RKO movie where Malcovick played Mank. Should be fun. I’m not sure six years (Gone Girl) is a “long awaited” return to features. But Fincher is good. Mindhunter was pretty much feature quality.

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