Is ‘Mank’ a Vanity Project?

David Fincher’s father would be pleased, but the movie is a slog

Mar 23 · 3 min read

By Todd Hill

Screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz (Gary Oldman) and actress Marion Davies (Amanda Seyfried), rear top, meet cute in David Fincher’s “Mank.” Photo courtesy of Netflix

(2.5 stars out of 5)

It’s never fair to criticize a motion picture because of what it isn’t or what it could’ve been instead of what it actually is. But nothing about life — and certainly film criticism — is fair.