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  • R
  • 2020
  • 2 hr 11 min
  • 6.8  (82,536)
  • 79

Mank is a 2020 biographical drama film that tells the story of screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz and his tumultuous journey during the making of the iconic film, Citizen Kane. Directed by David Fincher and written by his late father, Jack Fincher, Mank stars renowned actors Gary Oldman, Amanda Seyfried, and Lily Collins in lead roles.

Set in the 1930s and 1940s, the movie is a tribute to the golden age of Hollywood and chronicles the time when the young and talented Herman aka "Mank" was hired by Orson Welles to pen the script for his groundbreaking masterpiece, Citizen Kane. Mank, who had established himself as a witty, sharp-tongued, and an unconventional screenwriter, accepted the job but found himself struggling with alcoholism, a failing marriage, and creative differences with Welles.

As the film's story unfolds, the audience is taken on a journey through various milestones in Mank's life, such as his days at Paramount Studios and his friendship with the powerful media mogul, William Randolph Hearst. Through a series of flashbacks and montages, the audience is given a glimpse of the events that inspired Mank to write Citizen Kane, a biting tale of ambition, power, and betrayal.

Gary Oldman, who portrays Mank, delivers a standout performance as the complex and charismatic writer. He is convincing in showcasing Mank's sharp wit, his drinking habits, and his vulnerability. Amanda Seyfried also shines as the charming and fiercely independent actress, Marion Davies, who played a pivotal role in Mank's life.

Lily Collins plays the role of Rita Alexander, Mank's secretary, and confidante, who helped him to complete the screenplay. Her character is nuanced and provides a great contrast to Mank's flamboyant personality. Other notable performances in the movie include Charles Dance as William Randolph Hearst and Tom Burke as Orson Welles.

In addition to the brilliant acting, the film's cinematography and visual effects are impressive. The black and white imagery captures the essence of the 1940s-era Hollywood and adds to the movie's aesthetic value. The film also includes techniques such as overlapping dialogue and abrupt scene transitions that give the audience a sense of the frenzied nature of screenwriting.

Overall, Mank is a meticulously crafted and well-acted movie that stays true to its period and subject matter. It provides a glimpse of the life and times of a celebrated screenwriter and the creative process behind one of the greatest films of all time. The movie is a must-watch for anyone who loves classic Hollywood films, biographical dramas, or is interested in the art of screenwriting.

Mank is a 2020 drama with a runtime of 2 hours and 11 minutes. It has received mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.8 and a MetaScore of 79.

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Mank is available to watch, stream, download and on demand at Netflix. Some platforms allow you to rent Mank for a limited time or purchase the movie and download it to your device.
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