I read a review calling Mank David Fincher's silliest film. I understand this perspective because Fincher; who usually makes films about psychopaths, serial killers, and fight clubs. Has crafted a film mostly about people living their lives. But to call this film silly is a bit misleading. If anything, this may be Fincher's most ambitious work. A self-reflective film about the corruption of Hollywood and the greedy people who ran the damn thing in the 1930s. Using the creation of one of Hollywood's most prized jewels Citizen Kane, as a vehicle to discuss the politics of movie making and the ignorance of American's leading up to WWII. The best scene in this film is a discussion about concentration camps between L.B Mayor, William Hearst, and Herman Mankiewicz (history buffs are geeking out). Mayor dismisses the idea of these camps and says that Hitler should not be taken seriously. The scene then shifts focus. But these small moments are where Mank shines as a film. If you want to understand America in the 1930s look no further than here. You may want to watch Citizen Kane first but that's the best type of homework. The performances will no doubt be recognized at the Oscars this year with Gary Oldman leading the pack. He sure looks great in a fat suit.