vicky’s review published on Letterboxd:
My mind is in a state of jumbled mess right now because of balancing my studies all the while keeping up with my watch list so I’m going to state how crazily good this film is in a few points:
- what really captured my attention first of all was the procedural approach that follows the investigation just from Graysmith’s perspective. Never is there a scene from the killer’s perspective, looking in on the murder, because the Zodiac remains a mystery, shrouded by shadows, further bringing the mystery out into the open; and when it doesn’t, it furthers our craving for a definitive answer.
- loved loved loved the restrained visual style that was used in this, focusing on certain bright colours (yellow and blue mostly) while the rest retaining a dark, sombre, and ambiguous atmosphere that seems to loom along with the characters, a perfectly clever way to instil some lightness in an otherwise dismal state of affairs.
- and lastly the purpose. what makes for a lack of the usual gore and violence we see in crime thriller films is how scarily demonstrated that same sense of fear is instilled in just forms of dialogue and certain actions. in as simple as “Mr. Graysmith, I do the posters myself” and further on when our main protagonist goes down to the basement, this very purpose of implanting the terror amongst the audience was in all means clearly served well. And it makes the point that Fincher wants to emphasise across be realised and recognised for years to come — that the unsettling perusal of the debauchery of one’s mind can materialise out of thin air to lay waste to whoever or whatever gets in its path — and then vanish into the hazy blurs of time while its repercussions of ruination and horror lingers on.