2007: #9 Zodiac

Directed by: David Fincher
Written by: James Vanderbilt, Based on the book Zodiac by Robert Graysmith
Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Mark Ruffalo, Robert Downey Jr., and John Carroll Lynch
Distributor: Paramount
Country: United States
Language: English
Rating: R
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
Date released: 3/2/2007
Date seen: 3/2/2007
Worldwide Box Office Gross: $84,785,914
# of Oscar nominations: 0
# of Golden Stake Nominations: 6 (Use of Pre-Existing Pop, Set Piece, Sound, Art Direction, Cinematography, and Poster)
# of Golden Stakes Won: 0

I was a bit disappointed when I saw Zodiac in theaters, it just didn’t grab me the way other Fincher movies have when I saw it the first time.  I was much more impressed the second time now that I knew what to expect.  The first hour and forty some minutes of this are great, and not just the murder scenes but also the investigation while the trail is still hot.  Why so low on the list? Well, there comes a point when the film flashes forward four years, this is when I sort of start to lose interest along with everyone aside from Graysmith.  I ultimately didn’t find Graysmith or his obsession as interesting as a lot of other people do.  I found his amateur detective work somewhat lame, and I was unimpressed by the little bit of circumstantial evidence he found.  By the end I was unconvinced of Arthur Leigh Allen’s guilt.  Still, when this movie works it works it works so well that I’m willing to forgive that it loses a little steam toward the end.

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