Mank ★★★½

‘’You cannot hope to capture one mans entire life in two hours; only the impression of one’’

The small circles that appear in the top right hand of the screen, used when screening film to indicate a coming change of reels, signals the attention to details that Fincher is striving for. From the opening shot, master craftsman Fincher immerses you in the texture of Golden Age Hollywood. It is clearly a project Fincher has turned over in his mind for a while- the script was the singular work of his late father Jack Fincher. The story the screenplay bases it’s entire narrative around has been debunked, and I knew that before watching, but that strangely didn’t bother me. It feels like the most non-Fincher Fincher film. I will say that emotionally I connect more to films like Gone Girl and Social Network, but I admire Fincher’s change of style completely. The narrative does drag a bit, and I found myself getting confused as to the politics of it all because it throws so much at you so fast it is sometimes hard to keep up. It’s many allusions to Citizen Kane vary between insightful and derivative. Still, it is a worthy and interesting addition to Fincher’s canon.

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