I have another movie review for you all today! Something I find myself doing quite regularly is continuously watching true crime videos on youtube (on that note, a youtuber I would highly recommend if you love watching true crime videos too is Kendall Rae). When I found out that Zac Effron would be staring in a movie all about Ted Bundy, I just knew I had to watch it. I found the Netflix series about Ted Bundy really intriguing so I couldn't wait to see what the film would be like.

Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile is a true story and follows the story of Ted Bundy, an american serial killer. It also follows the views of Elizabeth Kloepfer and her struggles with coming to terms of dating a serial killer. It's hard to completely explain without telling you the whole story.

Something that I appreciated about this film is how quick paced it was. It made the experience really engaging and it made me want to keep on watching. Along side this, it was very to the point which I also appreciated. Some films can take ages to get to the point, unnecessarily dragging it out but this one was great because of how to the point it was. Not wasting it's time on pointless scenes. If you're worried about this film being really info dumpy then you need not worry.

Obviously I couldn't not write this review without mentioning the brilliant acting that Zac Effron and Lily Collins performed in the film. Zac Effron as Ted Bundy, was actually uncanny. He really became the character. There was a lot of worry that by casting Effron as Bundy, they would be 'romantising' Bundy but I couldn't have disagreed more. The interesting thing about Bundy is that no one expected him to be a killer, due to his looks and charisma, so by hiring Effron for this job seemed like a perfect decision and Effron did not disappoint in the acting side of things.

Lily Collins also did a fantastic job and she really pulled on my emotions. I can't imagine how it must have felt, finding out that the man  you love was actually a serial killer and Collins really showed the emotions that Elizabeth was probably feeling throughout the Bundy trial incredibly well. Some scenes I found difficult to watch as you could really see the pain in Collins/Elizabeth's eyes.

Finally, I absolutely loved the attention to detail. If you have watched the Netflix documentary on Ted Bundy, they showed televised clips of Ted Bundy, throughout the case. In Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile, some of the scenes were identical to these clips. Identical down to the what they wore, what they said and where they said it. It was beautifully done. It gave the film a more immersive feel, especially if you were familiar with the original clips.

I adored Lily's acting and before I went into this film, I had the assumption that this film was going to be followings Lily's character (Elizabeth) and look more into her perspective of the situation. Though we did get this, I did think there would be more which left me feeling a little disappointed. I also thought that there would be more build up and more background before the killings occurred. Giving us a little more understanding behind Bundy's and Elizabeth's relationship. It just felt a little rushed in that department. Something else that ties into this is that even though I enjoyed how quick paced it was, the story was a little jumpy and there were definitely a few gaps where we could have had an extra scene explaining the situation a little better.

My final negative point was that I thought it would be darker. Maybe see more of the darker moments of Bundy.


Overall, I did really enjoy this movie. I loved Zac Effron and Lily Collins acting and I really appreciated the nods to the original case. It just made the film really immersive and intriguing. We will never fully understand Ted Bundy but I definitely think this film was done well. If you want to understand Bundy a little more, I would recommend the Ted Bundy Tapes on Netflix if you haven't watched it already. Have you watched this film?
I really love reading monthly favourites posts so I thought it would be fun to start writing some up too! I loved a fair few things during the month of April so I have split them up into 5 categories (beauty, fashion, books, film/TV & miscellaneous). I really hope you enjoy reading through my monthly favourites!

During the end of April and continuing on in the month of May, I have been trying to clear my skin and revamp my makeup items, in the hopes of having clearer skins and being happy wearing less makeup. There are a few products I have been loving but something I have been loving the most is The Body Shop Tea Tree Skin Clearing Mattifying Toner (link). Since using it, I have definitely noticed my skin clearing up. The toner is designed to encourage spots to come quicker but also eradicate them quicker. I use this daily, morning and night and I really have seen a difference in the volume of spots I have on my skin. I would 100% recommend if you are trying to clear up your skin however, be careful if you have sensitive skin, as tea tree can be quite harsh.

I absolutely love styling my hair with scrunchies or head bands and so when I discover Magic Dreams Wishes (link) etsy store through instagram, I knew I had to make an order. If you don't know, Magic Dreams Wishes, creates the most adorable Disney scrunchies (as well as Minnie Ear headbands). I had been looking for some Disney scrunchies for quite some time, so I was incredibly pleased when I discovered Magic Dreams and Wishes. I ordered 8 different scrunchies because I couldn't decide on just 1 or 2. I especially love my Aladdin scrunchie and Winnie the Pooh scrunchie.

I was in need of some new trainers last month (my current ones were looking pretty grim) so I treated myself to some Nike Air Max 97s (link) and I am obsessed with them. I mean, they aren't the 'prettiest' of trainers but I love how they look and I know they will be perfect when Matt & I are at Disney due to how comfortable they are.

I didn't get a lot of reading done in April, check out my reading round up here, but I did read Harry Potter and the Order of the Pheonix and I'm now on such a Harry Potter fix. I absolutely love the films and I am 100% loving my journey whilst reading the books. If you are like me and love the films but haven't read the books then please read the books! I really wish I had read them years ago! Better late than never though!

If you don't follow me on instagram (link) then you wouldn't know that I have made the decision of finally watching the MCU movies. I know, it's been a long time coming and I am now kicking myself that I didn't watch them years ago when they all started to come out as I am loving them so much. So far, Thor is definitely my favourite and I also love Spidey! I still haven't watched Endgame so please, no spoilers if you've seen it! 

Something else I have been loving, is obviously Game of Thrones. It's been a journey and so far, this final series is killing my emotions but I am enjoying them. I can't believe we now only have 2 episodes left! It's going far too quickly!

Finally, we are on to my last two favourites of last month. The first one being that I was cast as an Advance Dancer in Our House. I am so excited to start rehearsals for this show. Annoyingly, I'm unable to attend rehearsals until June due to completing my final hurdle of university but once that is complete, I will be starting rehearsals and I just can't wait!

Lastly, it was Fast Pass+ Day in April! If you don't know what is, it's the day you're able to book your fast passes for your Disney World trip. Matt and I managed to book all the fast passes that we wanted and now we are so incredibly excited to go on our trip next month!
There you have all my favourites from the month of April! I really enjoyed writing up this post so I really hope you enjoyed reading it too. What were your favourites during the month of April? I would love to know!

I'm going to be completely honest, April was a slow month for me in regards to reading. I honestly think this was down to my dissertation being due at the end of March and so my motivation to read dropped. It was really frustrating too as I wanted to spend my Easter reading but unfortunately, my dissertation took it out of me and I needed a well deserved break. 
Though April was a slow month, I did get two books finished and I loved both of them! Which definitely makes up for the lack of reading I did in April. 

1. Harry Potter and the Order of The Phoenix by J.K. Rowling

There is a door at the end of a silent corridor. And it's haunting Harry Potter's dreams. Why else would he be waking in the middle of the night, screaming in terror?
This book. I don't even know where to start. It's been a long time coming and I have been meaning to read the 5th book in the Harry Potter series for years and I am now so thankful that I have finally read and finished it. I honestly really enjoyed this book even though it's one of the darker books in the series. You follow Harry as he's going through PTSD which is so painful to witness. However, the light moments do shine through which definitely helps as so much upsetting and depressing things are happening throughout this year of Hogwarts. I didn't think Professor Umbridge could get any worse but oh man, she is 100% worse in the books. Every time she popped up in the story I instantly felt angry and dreaded what awful thing she was going to do next. This book kept me on the edge of my seat throughout the whole story. Another aspect I loved was reading about DA and the journey they all go through. It felt like I was there taking the classes from Harry as well.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and enjoyed seeing the differences between the film and the book (which there is a lot of) and falling in love with characters I already love so dear (especially George and Fred!).

My Rating: 5/5 Stars

2. Rumple Buttercup: A Story of Bananas, Belonging, and Being Yourself by Matthew Gray Gubler

Rumple Buttercup has 5 crooked teeth, 3 strands of hair, green skin, and his left foot is slightly bigger than his right. He is weird. Join him and Candy Corn Carl (his imaginary friend of trash) as they learn the joy of individuality as well as the magic of belonging. 
If you have been following my blog/twitter/instagram over the last year, you will know that I am a BIG fan of criminal minds. So when Matthew Gray Gubler (an actor from the show) announced that he was releasing a book, I knew I had to get my hands on it (especially because I am definitely in love with Matthew Gray Gubler).

The main reason why I loved this book was the message it gave by the end. It has such a beautiful message telling us (the reader) that no matter what, everyone is weird in their own way and you should embrace your 'weird' quirks and be happy in the skin you have. You feel for Rumple as he hides in the sewer thinking that he doesn't deserve to venture out of his sewer home because he thinks he is weird. It's quite heart breaking. Even though the story is so simple, it brings a powerful message for not only kids but adults too.

Another quirk with this book is that Matt illustrated the whole thing himself. This book is really a little bit of him and his personality that I adore. I felt somewhat connected with him whilst reading it and it's an illustrated book I will cherish.

My Rating: 5/5 Stars

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling
The Undercover Princess by Connie Glynn
The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

Of course Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince would be on my TBR as I am in such a Potter mood, I want to continue on with this series! I feel so connected with the characters too at the moment that I want to continue on the emotional journey that is the last two books of Harry Potter.
Last month I started The Undercover Princess by Connie Glynn and so far I'm really enjoying it. I love Connie as a person and I have been following her on youtube for quite some time now so I'm really looking forward to finishing this book. Finally, I'm in a really summary mood which means I'm also in a really contemporary mood. I have picked up The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson as I really enjoyed her other book Since You've Been Gone. I thought it was time to read a few more of her books!

There you have my April Wrap Up and May TBR! I really hope I read the books that I said I would as I'm really looking forward to getting lost in some stories (especially when I need to escape from exam stress). What did you read in April? and what have you got planned to read this month? I'd love to know!