KeatonTarantino’s review published on Letterboxd:
Mank made me question my faith about David Fincher, but after rewatching Zodiac, there’s not a doubt in my mind that the guy is a living legend. Alfred Hitchcock will always be a boss, but Fincher is the real master of suspense in my book!
So many thoughts are going through my head, with the movie just ending. This is, without question, one of the most suspenseful films I’ve ever seen. It’s hard to believe a movie this long can keep you in such anticipation the whole time, but that really is the case here. Every minute of this thing has my full attention. Also, can we talk about that tagline? “There’s more than one way to love your life to a serial killer.” Perfectly stated!
The screenplay is criminally underrated. As I just said, it’s incredibly suspenseful and engaging. It’s also just really clever. I can’t even imagine planning out this whole movie on paper; it’s extremely complex, and rich in story. Plus, it flawlessly uses deep themes such as the pro’s and con’s of obsession, the dangers of curiosity, and the idea that “just because you can’t prove something doesn’t mean it’s untrue.”
The acting in this is fantastic, as well. The three main characters are played to perfection by Jake Gyllenhaal, Mark Ruffalo, and Robert Downey, Jr.; all who give some of the best performances of their respective careers.
But above all, it’s Fincher’s direction that steals the show. Every single shot, performance, edit, and cut is crafted with such delicate care. His attention to detail is unmatched. No one could’ve directed this film better than he did; it’s hard to keep your audience immersed for over two-and-a-half hours, but you bet if anyone can, it’s him.
All jokes aside, it’s safe to say Zodiac is a masterpiece. Needless to say, it’s moved way higher up on my David Fincher Ranking. It’s literally the reason mystery/thriller is one of my favorite genres.