I've never seen Benjamin Button, but both these films did well on the award front, so it should be a solid week.
As mentioned, here are thoughts on last week:
- Fight Club: Fincher continues what he started with The Game: the long slow burn. Fight Club has a lot of talking and set up. Characters make grand revelations throughout ("Our fathers were our models for God. If our fathers bailed, what does that tell you about God?"), which is derived from the source material, but it feels preachy in parts. The acting is great. Pitt is hilarious, intimidating, and makes it easy to believe all the shit he spouts. Norton pairs well, being calm, collected, and able to let out the fury in spurts to give the viewer breadcrumbs of Tyler within him. It is easy to see where Mr. Robot got their inspiration from, especially with Rami Malek. Fincher pulls back on the yellow tones in favor of a blue tint for this picture. Fincher and Uhls (the film's writer) manipulate Palahniuk's source material to make it work for film by using visual elements and dialogue to give the audience the pieces to put the mystery together.
- Panic Room: Filled with blue tint throughout, Panic Room is a dreary, cold thriller and an example of Murphy’s Law. Fincher has some fun with this film. There are gorgeous long shots from the top floor to the first, four stories below. There are shots going between close objects, into others, and traveling through nooks and crannies. All fun to watch. The plot is simple: crooks break into a house, the occupants hide in a panic room, and they have a back and forth. The characters are static aside from Meg Altman, played by Jodie Foster. Meg starts as a weak damsel in distress, but when the “prince” comes and fails, it’s up to her to become strong and defeat the monsters invading her home. Foster and Fincher’s film techniques are the best parts of this movie.
- Zodiac: Another long, slow burn, this time with a star studded cast and a true crime story. In Fincher style this film is flooded with warm yellows and cold blues. It is interesting to watch something like this with Fincher’s new show Mindhunter being released because of the similar subject matter. Also, maybe it's because I live in the state, but I found it terrifying to think about. There was a guy going around killing people, and sending notes to the police, yet still not getting caught. In that regard the movie was effective for me. All the characters and acting are top notch. Fincher is able to take a story with a known ending and make the journey entertaining enough to be worth the trek.
Feel free to share your thoughts on these films. Other opinions are always welcomed. On the prowl for the next director to dive into. If you have any suggestions let me know. Watch out for Part 4 coming next week. Keep on Creepin'.