Oh my goodness. This movie was LONG. I understand that the Zodiac killer rampage and investigation went on for awhile, but seriously, a 2 hour and 37 minute movie? Robert Downey Jr plays a journalist for the San Francisco Chronicle who was one of the lead columnist on the Zodiac killer in the late 60s, early 70s. And then there is Jake Gyllenhaal who plays the cartoonist for the Chronicle, who then turns into an obsessed puzzle cracker that is also obsessed with finding out who the Zodiac killer actually is. Also we have Mark Ruffalo, who plays one of the lead detectives on the case. This film shows us all their stories and how they progress over the 10+ years that this movie spans. Yes that is right, I said 10+ years. How do you make a movie out of this kind of time span? Well, watch Zodiac for the answer to that.
Me being not very interested in history, I didn’t know much about the Zodiac killer, except for that he existed. I’m going to go ahead and presume that a lot of what happened in Zodiac to have happened in real life. Here are some thoughts.
The acting was adequate in this movie. I could really only envision Iron Man with Robert Downey Jr, I felt like his character in Zodiac was similar to Tony Stark in the Marvel movies. Too bad he couldn’t put his suit on and go stop the Zodiac himself right? I did however enjoy the scene with him and Jakey Gyll in the pub drinking the blue drinks. Mark Ruffalo (yet another Avenger) was also okay in this film. At some point I realized he was a detective and not a worker for the newspaper - there were just so many people trying to figure out who he was that I got a little turned around with it all and slightly confused. Again, too bad he couldn’t turn into the Hulk and go beat down the Zodiac killer himself. Jake Gyllenhaal was typical for Jake Gyllenhaal, of whom I’m not a huge fan. He played the crazy obsessed “fan” adequately.
I was trying to make this night a double feature night because I had two movies due back the next day. Thanks to it being such a long movie, I wasn’t able to do so. Sigh. Though I liked learning about what happened (well, kinda) all those years ago, I’m still going to give this movie a “Hated It” because I felt like it was a waste of my time and I definitely lost interest halfway through. Trim it down and perhaps I’d like it more, but it just wasn’t as thrilling as you’d think a crime drama would be. I mean, Spotlight was more thrilling than this and it’s about the same type of movie - journalists trying to get to the bottom of horrible acts.
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