Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile

14 May 2019

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.

WHAT IS THE FILM ABOUT? 
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.

MY POSITIVE THOUGHTS
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.

MY NEGATIVE THOUGHTS 
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.

FINAL THOUGHTS 

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?

3 comments

  1. I haven't watched the film but I really want to, and I think that is what I seen a lot about the film also that Zac playing Bundy would make other romantising him, but the fact that Zac does look like Bundy, and that serial killers can be "hot" should be a big deal, and I'm glad that they did that.

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  2. I was also really taken in by the Tapes, so when this movie came out, I knew I needed to watch it! I've always found the Ted Bundy case very interesting, even before these newer Netflix adaptations, and my interest in the whole situation was magnified by all of this. I actually think they focused quite a lot on Elizabeth's side of the story, but maybe that's just me :') All in all, it was such a good film xx

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  3. I LOVED this film, but I was a tad disappointed. I really wanted something a little more and I found the tapes were actually better.
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