DominicTheWriter’s review published on Letterboxd:
While being a stress inducing thriller that completely relies on scene to scene of stomach turning tension, Zodiac completely plays to David Fincher's strengths, by diving into a dark world that the characters are surrounded in. And emphasizes the bloody and gory details of a murder case.
I love what David Fincher brings to the screen. I think that he has one of my favorite styles in a film. As mentioned before on this profile, I really like the approach that Fincher has to his films. He just seems like he really likes those darker stories and puts his characters right in the heat of things. I think that his style just works in those environments.
Based off of a true story, the main story follows the PD as they try and track down the Zodiac killer that terrorized California in the late 60s. I thought that Fincher's approach to the story was very well done, and he made sure to take good care of just how it was structured. I thought that he told this story very well and made for some great suspense and tension the entire way through, which sold the whole thing for me.
The screenplay for this film was also very well done as well. I really loved the script in this. Is it overstuffed with information? Sure it is, but that's every single mystery/thriller film out there. The dialogue was very good as it made the characters come to life in a way that I wasn't expecting at all. I was afraid that this film was just gonna focus on the story instead of the characters. But this managed to balance both very well.
Jake Gyllenhaal, Robert Downey Jr. and Mark Ruffalo all give very good performances in this film. They were the driving force behind the narrative moving forwards. I thought that all three really took their characters and made them their own in this film. It's a little bit hard to get into their mental state at first, but if you can bare through the first half of this film, you'll get to understand where they're coming from. Overall, great performances.
The worst element of this film however is the pacing. This film was surprisingly long, which made some scenes feel like they were dragged out a little bit. I usually don't like longer films unless the narrative is interesting, but because the story was intriguing, I wasn't too affected by it. But I don have to throw that out there that the film runs pretty slow.
Since the film spans over a few years, the production design was pretty cool. I liked the attention to detail that Fincher has to change all of elements that surrounds his characters with. In this film, when society changes the characters change their look, their furniture, everything you can think of. Production Design I thought played a large role in this.
Same goes for the Costume Design as well. Over the course of time, you can physically see the changes to them when the years go by. I thought that it was a nice touch to see Fincher again make the world as accurate as possible.
In the end, this film was really solid. Not my favorite David Fincher film, but I really appreciate his effort into crafting this film. I was satisfied mostly by it. Would recommend this to anyone who's a David Fincher fan or someone that's really into the whole crime/thriller genre.
Zodiac completely plays to David Fincher's strengths, by diving into a dark world that the characters are surrounded in. And emphasizes the bloody and gory details of a murder case.
WATCHED ON: AMAZON PRIME
MY SCORE: 8.2/10