David Fincher makes dark, serious, brooding films, and just to make certain the audience understands just how dark and serious the films are, he shoots them in very low-light and nobody smiles. This is all right up to a point but why choose to work from such a limited palette time and time again?
Many filmmakers nowadays seem to struggle to find a balance between serious intent and entertainment. What one sees are films that are either very earnest, in a politically correct ‘lets try and understand this’ kind of way, or just good old-fashioned dumb, with a diminishing space in between.
Zodiac is the ‘based on a true story’ story behind the serial killer that partly inspired the first Dirty Harry film. The film is certainly not a bad one and it moves smoothly along its (as is often the case nowadays) overlong running time, but I think it would have benifited greatly from a bit more colour.