Zodiac was a good movie that suffered from its own length. The movie wanted to make the suspense that it was banking on a hell of a lot longer than it needed. I still believe that it was well done, with a very interesting story, some great acting(especially at the hands of Robert Downey Jr.), and some wonderful cinematography.
The story of Zodiac is about an unsolved string of murders in California. It follows the story of the detective assigned to the murders Marc Ruffalo, a reporter for the newspaper Robert Downey Jr., and the cartoonist obsessed with solving the puzzle of the killer Jake Gyllenhaal.
Like I said the movie was very good. If it would have been edited more efficiently I would have probably given it a perfect review. However; I give it four stars.
So when I first heard the name Pan's Labyrinth I had pretty much made up my mind not to see it. A foreign film was just not interesting to me at the particular time. However; I was coerced into seeing it by a couple friends who could not shut up about it. Well now I understand why. Along with the astounding visual effects and the wonderful dialogue, the movie actually had a really good message along with it. Not the kind of underlying brainless theme that currently most movies have migrated toward.
The movie is based during the Spanish civil war. A young girl and her pregnant mother travel to a military base, because the mother is bearing the commanding officer's baby. As the story progresses two battles emerge, the actual battle between the Spanish and the rebels and the battle of the girl to escape the harsh reality of her new life. The fates of the two battles become twisted as one and the girl's lines between what is real and what is imagination become too jaded to tell apart.
If you are a true movie fan I strongly urge you to see this movie. If you don't see it due to the use of subtitles, then I suggest you go back and watch such classics as White Chicks and Bloodrayne.