First Mank Reactions: David Fincher s Netflix Movie Is Cinephile Catnip -

First Mank Reactions: David Fincher s Netflix Movie Is Cinephile Catnip -
Working from a script written by his father, the late Jack Fincher, the younger Finchers Mankbrings 1930s and 40s Hollywood to life. More specifically,Manktells the story of how screenwriter Herman Mankiewicz (Gary Oldman) came to write the screenplay forCitizen Kane as he battled with his own personal demons. The film tracks Manks struggle with alcoholism, his wandering eye toward actressMarion Davies (Amanda Seyfried) while still very much a married man (toTuppence MiddletonsSara Mankiewicz, no less), and his conflicted ties to newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst (Charles Dance), whose image is somewhat reshaped for Citizen Kane.

So, what exactly are folks saying aboutMank? Theyre pretty darn positive! Theres a lot of praise for the films technical prowess, including Erik Messerschmidts cinematography and the films unique mono sound design. And theres a lot of love for the film (including from Colliders own Steve Weintraub) and how Fincher tackles old Hollywood. Although some reactions appear to hint towards a certain type of person who will spark most strongly to Mank. Im not entirely sure this is a cinephiles only kind of movie, but I also wouldnt expect Fincher to gloss over any of the finer details in the telling of a 30s Hollywood story, so its likely a plus if you go in with a basic curiosity for that type of thing. Personally this film sounds right up my alley, and I couldnt be more excited to see it. And all seem to acknowledge its going to be a pretty big Oscar player that could potentially net Fincher his first-ever Best Director Oscar win and Seyfried her first Oscar win (shes apparently a standout and a shoo-in for a Supporting Actress nod).

Just how big of a player itll be in the overall race remains to be seen, especially in such an odd year, but its a safe bet to pencil it in for multiple categories. Stay tuned!

For now, check out the full early Mank reactions below.

David Fincher s #Mank is phenomenal. Everything from the brilliant sound design to the amazing performances makes it one of the best films of 2020. Cinephiles are going to LOVE this movie.

My MANK feelings:

I found it beautiful and inspiring.

Its about making the decision to turn away from everything you know, everything that sustains you, when you realize how wrong it is.

Its one thing to burn it all down. Even harder when youre standing in the center of it.

MANK: Exceptional craftsmanship and a strong turn from Amanda Seyfried, but also an obsession with picking and choosing historical bits that will likely rankle the very cinephiles it was ostensibly made for, plus more Upton Sinclair chatter than anyone would ever, EVER need.

Now that the Mank embargo is overyou guys already knew this was made for me. And you too, if you re into hardcore film history brought to life by a director and writer who both clearly loved digging into it. Not a sentimental movie about H wood, but, in its way, a joyful one.

On paper, David Finchers MANK is a movie I *should* love, but instead just admire. Incredibly well crafted, shot, acted. But the story left me cold. I now know more about Manks feelings toward the 1934 California gubernatorial race than I do his feelings toward Orson Welles.

People always talk about Fincher s technical genius but he also has a way with actors. MANK is Gary Oldman s film but every role is perfectly cast and maybe Amanda Seyfried will get the attention she deserves. Tom Pelphrey and Lily Collins also make the most of their screen time.

MANK is a peculiar labyrinth of a movie, a thrilling & unpredictable approach to deconstructing Hollywood history in its own language. No, you wont get a definitive CITIZEN KANE backstory (& Orson emerges relatively unscathed); youll get a remarkable window into what it means.

#MANK is beautifully shot. Erik Messerschmidt s cinematography is exquisitely lush and Trish Summerville s costumes are fantastic. This is a craft-feast, and that score by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross is glorious. #MANK is exquisitely crafted and a visual delight. #OSCARS

I love that David Finchers dad gets sole screenwriting credit on MANK (a good movie about how hard it is for movies to be good)

MANK is romantic and cynical. Its provocative and old fashioned. Its what I expected and utterly surprising. Its also gorgeous. And I need to see it again. All hail Fincher (father and son).

A first look at Mank confirms that Gary Oldman and David Fincher are likely Oscar nomination bound, but the surprise is Amanda Seyfried would may just crash the Supporting Actress party. As for Best Picture? Nomination sure

#Mank is visually stunning with gorgeous cinematography & incorporation of various filmmaking techniques. Strong script anchored by Oldmans splendid performance. However, this film will speak to a certain niche of movie audience. #FilmTwitter

#Mank is a remarkable sight to behold w/ each shot so meticulously well crafted youll want to pause the film often just to stare at this thing. A frenetic & authentic throwback that classic film buffs will adore. Are you a lover of provocative Hollywood stories? This is for you

David Fincher is in fine form with #Mank . Its dazzling & made for cinephiles. A sharp, smart critique of golden era Hollywood & evocative dreamlike homage to perfection. Seyfried is winning. Erik Messerschmidts cinematography, a lavish affair. Editor Kirk Baxter earns top marks

#Mank has plenty to admire technically. Production, camerawork, sound & score are its strongest elements & the leading picks for the #Oscars .

This is the AP Film History course for cinephiles, likely to alienate some general audiences. Arliss Howard & Tom Pelphrey are standouts.
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