Does that look like a gunshot?
Well, well, well. 'Zodiac' certainly is one of the most intense, most complex and layered films I have ever seen. I mean, I was on the edge of my seat for at least 90% of the movie. It is deep and so good. This really is a film that everyone must see. However, I do recommend that if you are going to watch it, watch 'Se7en' beforehand to really get to grips with how Fincher likes to tell his stories. This really grips from the opening scene. We aren't presented with familiar faces, we aren't given context. It dives straight into the movie and wastes no time developing the plot. Every single thing that happens serves its purpose. I love the storytelling in 'Zodiac', it's so intelligently put together. I also had no idea that this was a true story until I watched the movie, and I feel as if I don't need to look further into it either as the movie does a great job of presenting the events. I feel really bad writing this as I am actually struggling for words to describe it, I just loved it. Personally, I found this narrative to be engaging, enticing and encapsulating. It drags you along as if you are part of the story, and if you can't keep up, you get punished. It's full of all-star names but personally, Ruffalo steals the show. His range throughout is incredible. Gyllenhaal performs tamely, or somewhat tamer than what we're used to but brilliant nonetheless, and RDJ is typical RDJ. I can't say any, however, are incredible or game-changing, but they are all fantastic. Unfortunately, I am just really stuck for what more to say, it's hard to find the words. I'm sorry, this is my shortest review in a while. It's brilliant for sure; it just could have been even better.
Yeah, I lied... there is so much more I could say about this film. However, sometimes I do feel it difficult to write about films because speaking about them just feels so much easier. I often feel that I don't really express my emotion when I talk about films, but here I go. I absolutely loved Zodiac. I really, really loved it. Had it been one of Fincher's earlier films, it would be more highly regarded, but I think it rings too many of the same bells as 'Se7en' does. I watched it, loved it and thought it was just a bit familiar but more detailed than what I had already seen. None of this takes away from the overall feel I have of this and that is that 'Zodiac' is a brilliant film.
Duration: 2h 37 mins
Released: 18 May 2007 (UK)
My Rating: 8.2/ 10