Fincher’s ‘Mank’ Sets An Intriguing Context To The Classic ‘Citizen Kane’

Fincher’s ‘Mank’ Sets An Intriguing Context To The Classic ‘Citizen Kane’

Streaming on Netflix
By Pooja Pande4 December, 2020 2 min read
70% Over all score
Fincher’s ‘Mank’ Sets An Intriguing Context To The Classic ‘Citizen Kane’

At the outset, Mank gives us a glimpse of old Hollywood while keeping legendary playwright and scriptwriter Herman J ‘Mank’ Mankiewicz (Gary Oldman) at the centre of it all. The film begins with Mank accepting a screenplay assignment for the 24-year-old wunderkind Orson Welles for what will come to be known as the greatest Hollywood film made – Citizen Kane. The film goes back in time to set a context as to why a celebrated writer Mank, close to the likes of William Hearst (Charles Dance) and Louis B. Mayer (Arliss Howard), ends up a washed-up artist at the age of 43.

Gary Oldman’s Herman ‘Mank’ Mankiewicz is marvelous

We could go on about how Gary Oldman is easily one of the best actors to walk God’s green earth. However, we will try to stick to his character in this film. Mank is an arrogant drunk who is just as smart as he is sarcastic. Moreover, he has zero flies to give when it comes to speaking his mind, unafraid and unfiltered; even if it means going against his “friends” and “allies”. Oldman gets every nuance so right that he is the star who commands attention not only because he is the titular character but also because he is so damn perfect.

The side characters are strong and have been played by some talented actors

Be it Howard’s opportunistic Mayer or a formidable Hearst by Charles Dance, the supporting characters are superbly written and performed. Herman’s wife, Poor Sara (Tuppence Middleton) and his British secretary Mrs Rita Alexander (Lily Collins) may not have characters indispensable to the central plot but they are so delightfully written; a special mention to Amanda Seyfried who breathes life into Davies.

The Old Hollywood, Depression and pay cuts…it’s all here

Apart from the glitz of the movie-making business, the film also sheds light upon the time where the war was lurking around. The Depression had hit the US and Hollywood obviously bore the brunt as well, obviously. It’s interesting to see Hollywood through a black-and-white narrative, which sort of coaxes us gently into the 1930s-40s, making the film even more enjoyable.

It’s a little dry, we won’t lie

While the film is absolutely beautiful to look at, unfortunately, it skips the emotional narrative only to replace it with an observational commentary. David Fincher makes sure that we are totally hooked to every scene like he does every single time.


Don’t go in looking for a mass entertainer, you will be disappointed. Let the film take you in once scene at a time and it makes for a beautiful journey. Mank is absolutely worth your time – the whole of 132 mins.

Director: David Fincher
Writer: Jack Fincher
Cast: Gary Oldman, Amanda Seyfried
Language: English
Streaming on: Netflix

Follow BookMyShow Buzz on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Pooja Pande
Written by

Pooja Pande

Cats, memes, lists, and Oxford commas.

Trending articles

‘Bhaag Beanie Bhaag’ And 13 Other Web Series We’re Waiting For

‘Bhaag Beanie Bhaag’ And 13 Other Web Series We’re Waiting For

In case your OTT watchlist is in need of reinforcements, here are some upcoming Indian original web series to look forward to. ‘Bhaag Beanie Bhaag’ Bhaag Beanie Bhaag is the story of Beanie, a simple girl and her journey to find herself. All her life, she’s done everything that’s been asked of her, until she […]
By Neel Gudka 3 min read
Watch Out For These Upcoming Films on Zee5 & Zee Plex

Watch Out For These Upcoming Films on Zee5 & Zee Plex

Netflix and Amazon Prime are the world’s biggest streaming giants and even in India, their popularity has no limits. With the success of online streaming, India too launched its own platforms in the form of Hotstar (which is now owned by Disney) and Zee5. While Hotstar has a range of films in English and Hindi, […]
By Delnaz Divecha 2 min read
7 Movie Releases That Will Take All Weekend To Watch

7 Movie Releases That Will Take All Weekend To Watch

We grew up watching films every weekend in single-screen theatres. Today, with the rise of multi-screen franchises and OTT platforms, we’re spoilt for choice. From new releases to old classics, we can choose to watch whatever we want, whenever we want to. And yet, online streaming doesn’t even compare to the theatrical experience. Whether you […]
By Delnaz Divecha 3 min read
See more articles
Privacy Note
By using website), you are fully accepting the Privacy Policy available at governing your access to Bookmyshow and provision of services by Bookmyshow to you. If you do not accept terms mentioned in the Privacy Policy, you must not share any of your personal information and immediately exit Bookmyshow.
List your Show
Got a show, event, activity or a great experience? Partner with us & get listed on BookMyShow
Contact today!
Copyright 2021 © Bigtree Entertainment Pvt. Ltd. All Rights Reserved.
The content and images used on this site are copyright protected and copyrights vests with the respective owners. The usage of the content and images on this website is intended to promote the works and no endorsement of the artist shall be implied. Unauthorized use is prohibited and punishable by law.