Mank ★★½

A success in its recreation of the period, presented in evocative layers with the typical Fincher coolness. But in almost every other respect, it’s a slog and a failure. From a scholarly aspect, the film is mostly poppycock; no attempt is made to explain the psychology behind the political and socio-political decisions of the time, let alone of these specific individuals, assuming that anyone who is watching should already be intimately familiar with Citizen Kane (1941).

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