I will probably get excessively noogied over the internet for saying this, but I didn't think Zodiac was all that great a movie. I tried really hard to like it, but I just didn't like it as much as I was assured I would. Don't get me wrong, I still liked it a bit, I just don't think it's worth all the eighties and nineties it's been getting on RT. I knew absolutely nothing about the case of the Zodiac Killer before viewing this film, but I found the case to be quite interesting as portrayed, whether or not the facts are all entirely true. But like any Fincher film, it's well-acted, well-directed, and well-written.
Zodiac is about a serial killer who calls himself the Zodiac, killing young couples and then killing an old cabbie for no apparent reason. I shouldn't say that, its more about the cops and the cartoonist trying to solve it and the cartoonist becoming obsessed years later and it costing him his job, his wife, and his family. Like a Fincher film as well, its very talky and that can be both a good and a bad thing. The movie is very well-written, but sometimes the scenes just prattled on and prattled on without any real context to it. I also know that the Zodiac killer case is unsolved, but they could have tried to resolve the movie in some way or something. Maybe I just don't get the deeper meaning in it but hey, you can't like them all.
The finest things about the movie, however, were the performances of Jake Gyllenhaal, Mark Ruffalo, and Robert Downey Jr. as Robert Graysmith, David Tosky, and Paul Avery, essentially the three main characters directly involved in the zodiac case. These three are good actors as it is, and they all turn in fine performances. One I found especially good was Robert Downey Jr because he was playing what I assume was his stoner self before his big Iron Man comeback. The only supporting performance I feel it is necessary to mention is Chloe Sevigny as Gyllenhaal's later wife Melanie. I thought she did well, but not quite as well as the first three. All in all, good acting.
In all retrospect, this could have been a good movie. Most people think it was, but I just think it was okay at best. There were some moments of tension, but not enough to guide me through the two-and-a-half hour borefest that awaited me. In retrospect, two and a half hours isn't that long for me, the two longest movies I've seen being King Kong and Return of the King. But at least King Kong and Return of the King had some things to keep my attention. It's 9 pm on a Saturday and I had to try hard to keep from falling asleep, which I don't normally do until arround one.
Please don't hate on me for not liking this movie, take into account that I'm only fifteen. Anyway, I will be watching Ed Wood next and I hope that will be better. Anyway, if you are a fan of Fincher films I would strongly recommend you check this one out, but be aware of everything I just said. It could have been really good, it was just too long and too boring for me to enjoy it fully. I am glad however that they didn't just make it into a cheap horror film by having the zodiac killer just kill a bunch of people a la Saw. All in all, some may like it, I just didn't.
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