Mank

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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Movie title: Mank

Movie description: 1930s Hollywood is reevaluated through the eyes of scathing social critic and alcoholic screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz as he races to finish the screenplay of Citizen Kane.

Date published: 2021-05-01

Director(s): David Fincher

Actor(s): Gary Oldman, Amanda Seyfried, Lily Collins, Tom Pelphrey, Arliss Howard, Tuppence Middleton, Monika Gossmann, Joseph Cross, Sam Troughton, Toby Leonard Moore, Tom Burke, Charles Dance, Ferdinand Kingsley, Jamie McShane, Jack Romano, Adam Shapiro, John Churchill, Jeff Harms, Derek Petropolis, Sean Persaud, Paul Fox, Tom Simmons, Nick Job, Colin Ward, Cooper Tomlinson, Julie Collis, Arlo Mertz, Craig Welzbacher, Jessie Cohen, Desiree Louise, Amie Farrell, Ian Boyd, Jay Villwock, Lou George, John Lee Ames, Bill Nye, Richmond Arquette, David Lee Smith, Mario Di Donato, James Patrick Duffy, Flo Lawrence, Randy Davison, Christian Prentice, Leven Rambin, Rick Pasqualone, Gary Teitelbaum, Eden Wattez, Roslyn Cohn, Mark Fite, John Patrick Jordan, Ben Mankiewicz, Natalie Denise Sperl, Brian Michael Jones, Camille Montgomery, Craig Robert Young, Paul Carafotes, Anne Beyer, Joey Hagler, Sean Donnellan, Stewart Skelton, Malachi Rivers, Keith Barber, Kaytlin Borgen, Madison West, Elvy, Ali Axelrad, Adrienne Evans, Dana Lyn Baron, Jaclyn Bethany, Cary Christopher, Scarlet Cummings, Alex Leontev, Matteo Menzies, Tyler Schweer, Michelle Twarowska, Kingston Vernes, Adam Woldtvedt, Sebastian Faure

Genre: Drama, History

My Review

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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