Mank is definitely a film with numerous Golden Globe nominations—deservedly so! It’s a very good film, and it is a fairly nice film about films. I appreciated it, and you may see my tuxedo-wearing self speaking about what I appreciated about David Fincher’s ode to old Hollywood in the video that is autoplaying above proper now.
But I hope you are not right here to learn a critical take about Mank, as a result of I’m undoubtedly not right here to write down a critical take about Mank. I’m right here to make use of the movie’s Golden Globe nominations (and probably Golden Globe wins) as an excuse to write down in regards to the one a part of this film that blew my thoughts and had me straight up screaming with shock and awe at my coworkers in Slack for days.
I’m not speaking in regards to the lush cinematography, the fascinating performances, the good-looking classic fits, or all of the Marion Davies eleganza. As breathtaking as all that was, nothing took my breath away like this second two hours into the film:
I chuckled when 62-year-old Gary Oldman stated this line out loud whereas enjoying Citizen Kane screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz—and then I noticed Oldman performed it with a straight face. He could not probably be telling the reality, proper? There’s no manner Gary Oldman, actually an old man, was enjoying a 43-year-old in this film—to not point out all of the quite a few scenes the place he is enjoying a 33-year-old Mank! The fact?
YEAH, GARY OLDMAN PLAYED A 43-YEAR-OLD—AND SOMETIMES A 33-YEAR-OLD!—IN NETFLIX’S MANK. No de-aging CG, no make-up, no try and masks it apart from what was achieved by the restricted glow of that old skool cinematography. For comparability, here is Gary Oldman with two 43-year-old actors, Colin Hanks and James Van Der Beek.
Just three males who had been all undoubtedly born the 12 months that Star Wars was launched! Honestly Fincher ought to’ve simply cast Steve Buscemi as Mank if he was deliberately attempting to recreate that “How do you do, fellow kids?” vibe. But 62-year-old Gary Oldman confirmed as much as set, placed on a cardigan and PJs, and set to work enjoying a person 19 years his junior—and the film would not even tackle this till a full 119 minutes in. The nerve, the arrogance—!
But then I puzzled… wait, if Gary Oldman is enjoying a 43-year-old, then how old is Amanda Seyfried presupposed to be as Marion Davies? Again, these are all actual folks whose actual ages we will simply lookup—so I did.
Let me let you know.
35-year-old Amanda Seyfried is ALSO PLAYING A 43-YEAR-OLD! Marion Davies and Herman Mankiewicz had been each born in 1897—and TBH, Davies was 308 days older than Mank! Amanda Seyfried is meant to be 10 months older than Gary Oldman in this right here masterwork of contemporary cinema!
Just two 43-year-olds casually hanging out—oh, besides this specific nonetheless is a flashback so Oldman is definitely enjoying 33. But identical to with Oldman, the movie does nary a factor to age Seyfried up because the Nineteen Thirties progress. So that image of two 33-year-olds hanging out may as effectively be two 43-year-olds hanging out, even when there is a 27-year age distinction between these two Golden Globe-nominated actors!
This is insanity and, y’know what? I’m right here for it. As a lot as I loved Mank’s tour via Hollywood historical past, few issues introduced me pleasure late final 12 months just like the mind-blowing second I came upon that these two had been presupposed to be the identical age. If there is a Golden Globe for Best Bit of Bizarre Trivia That Will Stay With You Forever, then Mank deserves it for casting Karen from Mean Girls as a peer of Commissioner Gordon.