Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Mark Ruffalo, Anthony Edwards, Robert Downey Jr.
Directed by: David Fincher
Written By: James Vanderbilt
Rating: R Running Time: 2 hr 37 min
This is a long slow dialog-driven movie, but it’s worth sticking with because it’s just a great example of disciplined film making from David Fincher. It looks fantastic too. Beautifully shot with a real eye on the period details as the investigation into the Zodiac killer stretches on from the late 60’s into the 70’s. I will say I found the film lacked a specific focus during the first hour. But then as it starts to follow Robert Graysmith’s (Jake Gyllenhaal) investigation , who incidentally wrote the book the movie is based on, the film gets its focus, and the pace of events becomes a lot more interesting.
Be in the mood for a long dialog-driven movie. It’s slow, but worth it. The performances are great, and as I said before, it’s beautifully shot.
Best viewing format:
I would suggest a digital matinee showing, but this film has been out of the theaters a while. Today, I suggest you watch the high definition version to really enjoy the look of the film.
Best moment for me:
The opening shot looking out from a car driving down a bay area suburb during July 4th celebrations is stunning.