Love/hate relationship with ‘Mank’

David Fincher’s Mank (2 stars on 0-5 scale), a largely imagined retelling of Herman Mankiewicz’s life (and relationship with Orson Welles during the writing of Citizen Kane), is now streaming on Netflix following a limited theatrical release earlier this year. I can’t remember ever disliking a film so intensely while simultaneously loving the look and subject. If you’re a filmmaker, you might want to check it out just for the black-and-white cinematography and mesmerizingly enormous depth of field (mimicking Kane). It’s too bad the film itself doesn’t have similar depth.

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