Kemper’s review published on Letterboxd:
“This is the Zodiac speaking.”
This film was directed by David Fincher and stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Robert Downey Jr, and Mark Ruffalo
Ok so on my first watch I was at a complete loss for words, upon my first rewatch I had the same reaction. David Fincher is the master at creating incredibly intense thrillers, this and Se7en are some of the best films in that entire genre. This film is incredibly accurate to the real events, David Fincher did such a great job, I mean he got all the things that happened down to the hour that they did in real life. The acting alone is the biggest thing that makes this movie shine. If you watch the special features you could tell that David Fincher, who yet again does a great job at directing, wanted to painstakingly recreate the murder scenes as correct as possible. One of the other great things about the movie is the pacing which is crazy because of the movie's length is almost 3 hours, the film really doesn’t feel like that at all though.
“I am not the Zodiac. And if I were, I certainly wouldn't tell you.”
Harris Savides’s cinematography is wonderful, there are some really iconic shots, you can tell you’re in for some incredible cinematography from the first shot of the Golden Gate Bridge. It never occurred to me until now how much the shot of the Golden Gate Bridge on the cover from looks like a pair of eyes crying and overlooking entire city, creepy. David Shire’s score is so unbelievably unsettling and the soundtracks is actually really good as well. What I love about this movie is how the story is more focused on the people trying to solve the case and we watch how their obsession of trying to solve it ruins their lives. There are some super intense sequences in this movie, that basement scene always gets my heart pounding, the suspense is unreal I honestly get chills just thinking about it.
“He made a mistake. It's Arthur Leigh Allen!”
The scenes with the Zodiac himself are horrifying, Fincher knows exactly when to cut away in those sequences, it’s utterly terrifying. This has got to be one of the most compelling, fascinating movies I’ve seen in my life and I cannot believe some of the negative reviews that the film has. The movie did not fabricate an ending in which the killer was caught because the case was unsolved in real life. I was on the edge of my seat the entire time and the acting was phenomenal, Jake Gyllenhaal was astounding once again, I still have yet to see a bad performance from him he’s just a fantastic actor. Robert Downey Jr is really great I liked his character’s personality a lot, but the real standout here is Mark Ruffalo he is too perfect in the film, it’s without a doubt his best performance of his career so far.
Overall this film is a MASTERPIECE and is truly David Fincher at his best.
“Before I kill you, I'm going to throw your baby out the window."