Can a movie be absolute fascinating and engaging and still be, like, not a “good” movie? What do I mean by this? I mean Zodiac had me. I loved the pacing, the acting, the cinematograpy, the costumes & props, the music – and yet, I knew it wasn’t going anywhere. I know the “dead end” aspect of the true case is an essential point of this film – but it wasn’t just that. I had little connection to the characters other than surface clues that “they became obssesed.” But Harry Caul in The Conversation became obssessed and you felt it. In Zodiac they became obsessed because the movie told us so.
Or, maybe I just can’t break free of the traditional Hollywood template. Maybe I need closure. Either way, I do recommend Zodiac for people who dig reporter stories or cop procedurals. It is very well crafted. And don’t think I didn’t notice the 70s Paramount logo. (Mark Ruffalo can be my Jake Gittes any time.)