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Review: Mank the Film

I learned through the BBC afternoon radio show and, about a new movie that was just released on Netflix ( exclusively ) called Mank. I occasionally take a recommendation, on the spur of the moment and dive head first into the water, never knowing what to expect. This time turned out splendidly. It’s way more than great, life changing even. After learning about the parable in the movie ( I’ll let you watch the trailer below to learn about the parable ), not much changed with me, until a full analysis of the parable left me with a revelation that I learned years ago, that everything goes both ways. Through my life changes lately, I have been acting somewhat like a Mank, regretfully – however, that all left me after watching this movie. It’s a control thing and also a man against the universe thing, when viewed absolutely objectively. I make extra careful precautions when blaming stuff on the universe, because it can be somewhat of a cop-out: universal truths aren’t always applied correctly in a person-to-person setting and can become easily misconstrued.

Black and white, classic styled Mank that is exceptionally refreshing to watch.

As a side note, I don’t have much else to say about the movie, except it also led me into watching Citizen Kane ( which is less digestible than Mank, in my opinion ) last night, which I couldn’t fully absorb in one sitting. But, I highly noticed the cinematography, surrealism and depth of atmosphere that is just plain missing from a bunch of movies today. Bring it back, I say! Bring it back. 😎

During the opening credits, I learned that Trent Reznor composed the score, which was a very light one. I have deep respect for Trent Reznor, not because of his personal tastes, but what he did in the music industry. This man single handedly, not only wrote his music – lyrics and composure – but also produced and distributed it. Somewhat of a Todd McFarlane, except for the music industry instead of comic books.

Anyways, for the time being I won’t bore you with any more of my personal epiphanies, instead I would highly recommend this movie if you are feeling power struggles, getting angry or just feel like you need a lesson without there being a particular guru in your face:

A major personal issue I had that wasn’t a quality thing with the movie, was that the powers that be didn’t want to give Mank credit for writing Citizen Kane. It bothered me greatly, so I meditated on it and let’s just say . . . things became clear. But pay no mind, and as a PSA – Just don’t be a Mank. We should be cunning and strategic, no? 😉

★★★★★ – Five huge stars for Mank, from me.

Guys, until next time – may you find all the happiness that your life can fit in it’s happy spot – S.D. McKinley.

By S.D. McKinley

S.D. McKinley lives in the suburbs of Atlanta, Georgia. He was born in the first half of the 1980's and grew up in Wisconsin as a young boy, then moved to Georgia when he turned exactly twelve years old. During teenage years, he raced dirt track go karts and played guitar. He discovered his current love for all kinds of art after his mid-life crisis at 25 years old. S.D. McKinley began writing books in 2017.

12 replies on “Review: Mank the Film”

Yes, Mank is a tribute to those who work away and are deliberately kept away from the credit they deserve. Mank is an un-official patron-saint of writers, and this film gives a clear picture why. Great piece!

Yeah, the older style of film is something I’m trying to wrangle. I’m going to give Citizen Kane another go tonight, and maybe the night after that. I hope we will see some ’emulations’ in the future, recapturing these styles. Right now, I’m remembering the cabin scene where the boy is playing outside the window, it’s just so atmospheric.

I enjoyed Citizen Kane when I watched it. Not a movie that I loved, or was thoroughly entertained, but something a little bit deeper. Of course, I’ll probably not watch it again either 😀

And I just saw your comments on the Beef&Potatoes post and it sounded like you had a possible handle on the comments?

I’m not sure if it’s fixed. I have indications in my reader that it is not fixed, although according to .org support everything is just fine. Care to lend a helping eye by checking your reader to see if the posts and comments are showing?

This movie is a lot different than Citizen Kane, it’s a bit more organized and laid out.

Ok, I got your “like” but was NOT notified that you had replied.
I have not been paying to attention to any potential “feed” issues, so I’ll keep an eye out….

Going to have to see this soon I think. I thought I hadn’t seen Citizen Kane, but my husband informs me we did it not so long and I didn’t like it 🙄 goldfish memory! I think subconsciously I’ve been put ting Mank off because of it. Also, Don’t be a Mank will be my new admonition when necessary, replacing my Don’t be a Dick.

Your review makes it sound more attractive than the Netflix blurb did, that’s for sure.

Don’t be that guy who spent years trying to get Swiss gynecologists to wash their hands after examining cadavers and before examining live patients, and who was unsuccessful and ended up going insane.

I thought it was interesting that they had no idea of germs, but the indication of the chlorine to take the smell away, is what led him into the discovery that it indeed helped. The uninformed mob was just as scary as the “death particulates”. Prime example of truth being more scary than fiction, for sure. 😦

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