maxwellparky’s review published on Letterboxd:
After watching season 2 of Mindhunter, and then Zodiac, it makes a lot of sense to me that Fincher is doing TV right now. Zodiac is an incredible movie, and I don’t think it should’ve been a TV show— it is nearly perfect. But, it absolutely could’ve been a TV show; Zodiac is jam packed with content, including multiple timelines, investigators, police departments, etc. That being said, it is riveting for the entirety of its 2 hour 37 minute run time. You really feel a sense of defeat towards the end of the second act, and it’s not that it becomes a difficult watch, but it really just bums you out. Hearing police officers tell Gyllenhaal “you have 5 minutes to do X, Y, or Z” for 20-30 minutes gets a tab bit exhausting, but I don’t know what else Fincher could’ve done while Graysmith keeps on with the case alone. Zodiac is intensely effective in showing just how much of a beat down this case had on the investigators involved. We truly never get to see Graysmith’s, or anyone else’s life outside of the case. Aaand a life outside this case was probably pretty non-existent for these people. Anyways, Zodiac is an incredible feat.
I cannot wait for Fincher’s prequel TV series to Chinatown! (Even though I haven’t seen Chinatown lol.)