☆ sophie ☆’s review published on Letterboxd:
2007 Ranked 👍🏼
'Zodiac' is David Fincher's film about the impact the San Francisco Bay Area serial killer's case had on three primary characters is delivered with great attention to detail and proper pacing. 'Zodiac' is not a film that uses or relies on suspended disbelief to succeed and does not attempt to compress five years of story into one to keep viewers interested. Instead, it relies heavily on the facts and uses all of its 158 minutes to present them in almost linear form and staccato fashion.
I am glad to say that I enjoyed this film very much. It is a solid suspense thriller that pins you to your seat. Being a true story adds quite a lot to the experience, and besides, Fincher did an excellent job is staying loyal to the story and, at the same time, adding his unique flavor to it. The cinematography, like every Fincher film, is great; the darkness and grittiness of the story are flawlessly portrayed in the film's visual elements.
My only issue with the film was the time jumps; it was hard to keep track of. The long runtime was a slow burn, but worth the wait. Another issue I had with the film was a problem with the characters. They seem to be a little weak at times. The performances were great, especially Robert Downey Jr., but I think that this film falls short when it comes to a real exploration of complex characters, which is the key to Fincher's other films. Overall the whole story is very chilling and kept you going. The Zodiac Killer is a case that forever will remain a mystery, and it was great.
I'll most likely need a second viewing for a higher rating.