Ayden The NinjaPirateBear’s review published on Letterboxd:
So me and my buddy are going to rank Fincher's films on an upcoming podcast and I have to say, it's harder than any other director I've ranked. Especially because on any given day, my mood could deem any one of four as my favourite Fincher. Hell, maybe even one of the few I don't have rated as five stars could make a leap.
Anyway, the reason I bring all that up isn't to make an incredibly ineffective plug, considering I haven't linked or even named our podcast. It's to say that Zodiac is one of the four in the running for the top spot, and was actually my definitive favourite Fincher up until I started rewatching the films. What I love about this one is that it doesn't even focus on the serial killer. It's pretty much a police procedural film mixed with a newspaper film.
It features some pretty solid performances by guys like Mark Ruffalo, Anthony Edwards and John Carroll Lynch. I will say that this time around, RDJ didn't work as well for me because he was just doing RDJ. Gyllenhaal wasn't amazing in the lead either. Well, the first half he was fine, but nothing special. Then when the obsession kicks in, he is fantastic.
It's also near-perfect on a technical level, with fantastic cinematography and a haunting score. One of my favourite scenes in the film is where Gyllenhaal's character follows that dude down to the basement, then as Gyllenhaal is leaving, the dude turns the light off. It was full-blown horror film stuff, and it was fucking creepy.
I don't know how I am going to choose a favourite Fincher film, but this one is in the running for sure.