Everything here is fine and competently handled, and Gyllenhaal is totally lovable as the curious, wide-eyed, socially awkward Graysmith, but it’s a long road to nowhere. It might have been more palatable if Fincher even attempted to comment on that fact, but as it stands, Zodiac is just an accurate true-crime account lacking a viewpoint or soul.
Wholly original. It really is amazing when you see a film that uses what came before but just delivers complete originality. One reason for that is it adheres so close to the real investigation which was built on circumstantial evidence. Zodiac isn’t blown away by Ruffalo at the end like Dirty Harry. He just goes on and so does life. And wow the period detail is unparalleled
This real-life serial killer story about one who got away came through Walmart packaged with an episode of Dexter, an unfathomably popular show that proves that we all like to dip into the dark side sometimes, even if it's through the sublimation of Cinema. Also I'm confused as to how the family of the man pinpointed as the zodiac hasn't sued by now. It's all speculation.
A technically competent film but it lacks dynamism with split narrative focus and a flitting timeline that may well propel the clock forward (with seemingly endless date captions) but reduces the story to a rather bitty affair with no real interest established in the protagonists or situation (despite the cipher codes and inevitable investigation). All curiously unexciting.
Set of Existentialist themes similar to those in Dürrenmatt's novella 'The Pledge'. Almost three hours of oppressively complex procedural detail, ending in darkness. That is, if you failed to observe the other film, hidden in plain sight. One of the best in recent memory.