Max Hudson Soto’s review published on Letterboxd:
Zodiac proves to be one of David Fincher's finest, nail biting, works.
Zodiac is a film imagining of the prolific "Zodiac Killer" in 1960s/70s California. It tells the story of those working to find the zodiac killer at all costs.
Our cast is led by the young Jake Gyllenhaal who works for a news station in San Francisco. He is surrounded by a semi beefy cast sporting Robert Downey Jr. and Mark Ruffalo. David Fincher's choice of such a talented actor (Jake Gyllenhaal) to play the leading role sound great, until one realizes his character is under developed and boring. Mark Ruffalo is okay, completely adequate in his performance. The movie really shines with RDJ. I won't give his role away, but he was interesting and written with smart dialogue that compliments his snappy acting.
It succeeds flawlessly at being both a period piece and a mystery thriller. David Fincher once again proves himself to be master of cool colors and smooth camera movements. So much thought seems to have went into just the set design and costuming to really make you feel as if your looking into a window into the 60s/70s. Within the first 10 minutes I was completely immersed in the time period. The mystery is great; the whole time I was playing detective along with the characters, trying to figure out who was and wasn't the Zodiac Killer. It feels like Fincher actually wanted the audience to play along in the movie. The tension in unbelievable at some points. Fincher is exceptional at using darkness and lingering camera movements to make your brain wander when he wants it to.
On another note I really enjoyed the music in the movie. I'm not the biggest listener of music, but I have a special place in my heart for 60's rock. If your into the music-scape 60s/70s you won't be disappointed.
David Fincher may not be one of the most important directors of the 21st century, and the movie might not break any new ground, but this is definitely one of his best films. I recommend this film to anyone, even those who don't like conventional "scary" movies.
Final Score: 8/10