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Mank 2020

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Porn for film historians and cinephiles but not much else for the average Netflix subscriber and even Fincher fans. It will frustrate and bore a lot (would love to see Netflix’s statistics on how many made it to the end).

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Not only does Fincher tell a story set in the golden age of Hollywood, but he evokes the style of filmmaking too. It's cleverly made, and Oldman is great as Mank. However, it didn't quite grip me the way I thought it would, perhaps due to the movie's talky nature. Still, that doesn't detract from what Fincher has tried to do here.

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Watch "Citizen Kane", then read Wikipedia, then watch Mank. You're going to love it.

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I can't say i liked the movie but my eyes did.
I know who is Orson Welles and watched Citizen Kane a long time ago, I understood the story but a lot of names and references have past over my head.

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I have a lot of respect for this movie, but it just wasn't my thing. It didn't capture much of my attention. And that's OK.

One would enjoy this movie if they like movie history, moviemaking history, or "Citizen Kane."

I'm a big David Fincher fan, and this felt like a Fincher movie in many ways (cinematography & lighting, characters, dialogue), but not one that I much enjoyed.

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A slog even for me, a film nut. I'm sorry but he wrote one great film and was a prick in the process. Not someone I want to spend 2 hours with.

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[Netflix] A film about the Hollywood of the past through the eyes of David Fincher. A political vision of cinema from the gaze of a great alcoholic, although based on a lie spread by Pauline Kael. But the essence of this story is the representation of an era and a way of making cinema that has disappeared. Magnificent work by Gary Oldman, creator of one of the best drunks that have been seen in a long time.

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"Words spoken by people in a 1930s & 40s American accent which no one gives a shit about : The most boring movie of 2020" (2020) was the original title of this movie, i don't know why they changed it to Mank (2020)

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For those who don’t know, this movie on Netflix is a biopic of legendary Hollywood screenwriter, Herman Mankiewicz. It’s even made in the style of Mankiewicz’s classic, black and white movies!‬

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Please stop saying if you knew the story you will enjoy it. Please stop saying this was not my kind of movie. Do not make nonsense excuses. Plain and simple this movie was bad on all levels. Failed on all levels. You do not have to be an expert to enjoy a movie. They just completely failed to tell an interesting story on any level. My first total disappointment from Fincher.

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This was a movie that contained some fabulous acting from Oldman, Dance and a few others. There were a handful of scenes that are tremendous. That said... this wasn't a great movie. Near the beginning of the film Mank claims that audiences can handle a complicated story (I am paraphrasing) and this was clearly the belief of the makers of this movie. This movie essentially just gets bogged down and kind of drags to the finish. Seyfried's character is useless in this movie - I can't remember a more useless second billing since Kim Basinger in LA Confidential. The scenes between Oldman and Seyfried are easily the worst in the movie. If anything it seemed as though the movie was too ambitious and bit off more than it could chew. I suspect that much of the reason that this was nominated for best picture is that Hollywood loves movies about Hollywood nostalgia.

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Definitely more entertaining than I expected. Sure it’s a lot of dialogues to handle, but the pacing is relatively tight, and the performances are mostly convincing (Charles Dance in particular). The care they put into the sound and cinematography to reconstruct the atmosphere of the time is more than remarkable.

The film is presented as a docudrama, but Jack Fincher’s original script is so outdated that many plot points have been already debunked by recent studies, including the infamous allegations that Orson Welles was not involved in the writing of “Citizen Kane”. However, if we think of this film as Mankiewicz’s own perspective of the events, the truth might not matter at all. The real problem the script takes for granted that we are all familiar with the insiders of Hollywood’s Golden Age and the political climate of the time. The dialogues are packed with countless historical references, but we are hardly given context. The main events are pretty straightforward, but you will definitely need more than one Wikipedia research to fully enjoy the dialogues.

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If I had studied before watching I might have love it, but instead I found it a director’s experience and a great acting from Gary Oldman but not an good movie

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I would hazard a guess that this Best Picture Oscar nominee will garner a lot of industry attention because Hollywood loves movies about itself. This one is a homage to old Hollywood from the first frame of the rolling, black and white, opening credits. The topic is the making of a Hollywood picture, the characters are the who’s who of the studio era. Despite my crack about Hollywood’s infatuation with itself, this movie is skillfully crafted to mirror the filmmaking of CITIZEN KANE. The casting is stellar and the performances are well executed. In a season of exceptional motion pictures, this movie was nominated for 10 Oscars! I give this film a 10 (fine craftsmanship) out of 10. [Historical Drama]. For an excellent article about the story behind the story - https://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2020/12/mank-real-marion-davies-citizen-kane-orson-welles-amanda-seyfried

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Decent movie.

Don’t know much about the history behind it.

The more things change, the more they remain the same. The politics..

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A fascinating look about what supposedly went into 'Citizen Kane'.

'Mank', a biopic about screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz, is a very good watch. A lot goes on and it's pretty much all interesting to see, admittedly you'd need to have seen the 1941 film. I like that they done this in a non-linear format and in black-and-white, à la in '41.

Kudos to the cast. Gary Oldman (Herman) is impressive, I did feel he was overacting - likewise with Amanda Seyfried (Marion) - just a little bit in parts but for the vast, vast majority he (and she) is top notch. Arliss Howard (Mayer), Lily Collins (Rita) and a few others are also pleasing to watch.

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Should've read up a bit on this so I could've prepared for watching it. Because with little knowledge of the persons that it's about you wont get much out of this exceptc some pretty faces, good acting and a visual feast.
But I rather would've spent the two hours doing something else because this got boring really fast.
Maybe I'll rewatch it when I get the time to rewatch Citizen Kane.

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A little dull and long if you're looking to be entertained, but highly interesting if you're looking to learn something. I still consider myself a green film fan, but I watched Citizen Kane in preparation for this, and Mank right after, and because of them I now feel a little bit more of an insider in the history of cinema, and that's very valuable. Movies about movies are always a web of meta layers, and this one goes further by adapting the style and structure of the film it is talking about. Definitely worth the watch.

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"Citizen Mank" because, from the convoluted time line and the black & white images all the way down to the dubbed dialog track, this is basically a remake of Citizen Kane with its screenwriter as the central character.

And like Citizen Kane, the sublime filmmaking overshadows a story that (in Mank) drags its feet all the way to the end. For while Herman J. Mankiewicz co-won the screen writing Oscar for Citizen Kane, Jack Fincher won't win one for this (and not because he was the director's father and wrote this screenplay before passing in 2003).

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Looks pretty awesome on the big screen. Some brilliant photography, set design and costume design. Pretty good cast and that era of Hollywood is captured perfectly. I'm not sure it's the 5 star masterpiece some critics are making it out to be but it's entertaining. The story of Herman J. Mankiewicz is told well for the most part with his struggles to write the screenplay of Citizen Kane the main theme. I did feel there were some historical inaccuracies towards the end, which don't really paint Welles in the best light - which is a great shame - although it all just adds to the mystery of Kane.

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It's likely a movie to watch more than once. You could quote many lines (to be fair the movie also likes to quotes), the dialogue is intelligent, the editing is fast and Fincher directs so.
My only issue would be with the actor playing Orson. But you would need the actual Orson to make it work.

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