Monday, March 05, 2007

See "Zodiac"

I saw David Fincher's "Zodiac" on Saturday afternoon. If proclaiming, in March, that a film is the best movie of the year so far wasn't a kind of backhanded compliment, I'd say that "Zodiac" is the best film of the year so far. It's actually a bit better than that. I'm guessing it'll make my top ten list when December 31st rolls around. I'm a little hesitant to talk about the movie because I haven't gotten that film critic's knack for talking about a film without giving anything away (then again, so haven't a lot of film critics), and the things I liked about this film aren't spoilers per se, but might dampen the enjoyment of the film for the uninitiated. So I'll just say, go and see it. It's 2 and half hours long but I wanted another 20 minutes. It's a detective story, but seeing it made me feel like I'd never actually seen a detective story on film before. "Zodiac" feels like something completely new and I think it deserves a look while it's still in theaters. Though its $11.3 million weekend gross as compared to "Wild Hogs"'s almost 40 million dollar take makes me think "Zodiac" won't be in theaters long. Take advantage while you can.

5 comments:

harwell said...

Going tomorrow night. Very excited.

Surprised by those box office numbers for WILD HOGS. I will say that they've run commercials for that thing into the ground so the awareness factor had to be pretty high. That and Tim Allen still holds some appeal to the masses - those SANTA CLAUSE movies always seemed to do pretty well. I expect it won't last too long though with 300 about to open. That's another one I'm excited about being in the theater just so they'll stop showing previews for it. Did you see the latest one where they're running a blurb that calls 300 "the most unique cinematic experience of a generation" or something like that?

I smell let down in the air...

JudgeHolden said...

Yeah, maybe so. After that first brilliant trailer, there's almost nowhere to go but down. But I'm hoping for a miracle of miracles: a film that's better than that trailer.

peter said...

the director is twice divorced at 40 so he is really good at important decisions, and giving income to the letter x.

blankfist said...

I didn't see many promotional spots for Wild Hogs, harwell. Is it because I'm in LA, or is it because you watch television for the masses? Hmmm... Never figured you for someone who'd watch According to Jim, but you never know...

Gretchen said...

Watch American Choppers and you'll see previews for Wild Hogs because the Teutuls were in it. As for Zodiac, saw it and it was good. Liked the second half better than the first, have to sleep on it to be able to articulate why.