Great setting for a heist caper and an incredible cast. Cheadle as a leading man puts you at complete ease in the backdrop of a knotty and punchy story filled with elliptical gangster conversations and double crosses. Soderbergh is always worth your time.
A criticism I’ve heard a lot about MANK is that it’s like Mank (Oldman) thinks he’s in a different movie. But I think his Mank is the one Fincher intends. A smart ass, a know-it-all, always with a choice quip that keeps him above the fray. I rather awkwardly and painfully identify. That specific critique is probably most noticeable in the final Hearst scene where Oldman’s slurry speechifying takes a turn into Dudley Moore territory.
Like Oldman’s Mank, MANK the…