Written by: Stacy Centa, the 100-Word Critic
(Stacy Centa is a guest columnist for CC2K. In each article, she will review a movie in EXACTLY 100 words, not including any of these. This week, Centa uses her allotment of words to write a concise, positive, though less-laudatory-than-the-norm review of David Fincher's Zodiac.)
Zodiac was not a bad movie. It could have been great. The film follows a newspaper cartoonist, played by Jake Gyllenhal, as he obsessively attempts to solve a string of murders committed by a media-taunting psycho. The film never answers the question of why he’s obsessed. And that would have been a more interesting story to tell.
The cast is great. Mark Ruffalo is understated and sublime and Robert Downey Jr. steals every scene he’s in.
If you’re looking for a Hollywood ending, skip this one. Even though Gyllenhal ultimately gets what he wants, the ending, although realistic, is unsatisfying.
(Stacy Centa's website: 100wordsaday.com , offers daily samplings of her unique marriage of creativity and discipline. Oh, and these words don't count toward the 100 either.)