CinemaBro25’s review published on Letterboxd:
I am not the Zodiac. And if I were, I certainly wouldn’t tell you.
Wow, ok David Fincher. This is an incredible ride. A thriller that is worth it’s intense, suspenseful paced story. Jake Gyllenhaal delivers an astounding lead role, while also being backed up by Mark Ruffalo and Robert Downey Jr. All three of them did an incredible jobs with their acting as well as the level of charisma they gave through their roles.
We follow a Cartoonist, Robert Graysmith, who wants to find this Zodiac Killer, the killer who has killed 4 people. It isn’t until he finally meets Paul Avery where he can receive insight and shed light on whether he’s heading in the right direction. Later on we meet Melvin Belli who gets involved after hearing about a taxi fight. And then everything starts to unfold after we have met Melvin Belli. We go on an intense journey following the life of Robert Graysmith.
Now I can say that I had an absolute blast watching this. I can also now say that I can see why everyone would want to suggest this movie before seeing The Batman, because it’s got a similar villain that hands out puzzles or riddles to the police or detectives. The Zodiac killer wants to go down but not entirely. He wants to be tracked down by the police and detectives but only by solving these puzzles, ciphers, riddles. Whatever. The Zodiac Killer has a personality that can be analyzed in these ciphers, yet the only person to truly really solve the case is Robert Graysmith because he’s good at puzzles, and he went to the library and got lots of books. “The Fucking library”. Such an awesome line that is said and delivered really well.
So yes, the story is really well paced as well as the score that keeps the tension of the scenes well on hook. The acting is of course the main highlight as we see one Jake Gyllenhaal’s if not best performance I’ve seen. I’ve already said that the acting was phenomenal. The Camera work is also incredibly well done. I love the continuous panning wide shot, it gives the movie the sort of atmosphere where we have to look and see if there are any details that can be pulled to further understand the film. The score and soundtrack is exhilarating and kept me on the edge of my seat, and finally the cinematography and color toning is very well done. It’s not flashy, it’s not grainy, it’s a very calming and subtle tone, that also keeps the tension of the movie in the right direction.
So what are my final thoughts on this film. It’s an incredible one for sure, I’d say it’s close to being as good as Se7en but I love Se7en a bit more than this one, that’s for sure. So yah, everyone did awesome and I’m glad I finally got around to watch this David Fincher film. He’s truly awesome at giving us Thriller detective films. Well that’s it for now. Peace Out!! ☮️✌🏻