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This Netflix movie was great. Zac Efron, Lily Tomlin, Haley Joel Osment, and the rest of the cast did a great job in this movie. This movie based on the story of the Ted Bundy trial was suspenseful and dramatic. Zac Efron was the right actor to play Ted Bundy. If you haven't seen this movie yet, check it out on Netflix. You'll really enjoy it.
A disturbing insight into the impact a famed serial killer has on his family. The film is enthralling throughout, but not really groundbreaking in any way.
Zac Efron is the best actor they could have picked for the role of Ted Bundy. Great tension throughout the movie.
An unusual story & format, accompanied by many familiar faces that works. @ZacEfron surprises as #Tedbundy #extremelywickedshockinglywickedandvile 7.5/10 @joeberlinger
Although it does not really touch on the actual emotional appeal as I thought it would be, due to it being dramatize and glorified over heavenly, I still believe that it was a solid performance by Effron to play one of the notorious murders ever. He really captures the charismatic personality and goofy charms of Bundy in this shockingly, impressive film. It is mediocre to some degree with some of the one-dimensional characters that some of the cast, unfortunately, have to adopt in order to go along with the narrative of the film. The film also mostly keeps everything factually right about the events of Bundy's trial, and murders that followed in pursuit. However, there is also a lack of it becoming promptly one-sided to the story, instead, I would have hoped they could have touched on Bundy's life including his upbringing, mental health issues etc too, therefore, give a much broader understanding of why he did these crimes. Noting down that was it because it was his nurturing or biological factors that impacted his life as an murder, to show him falling into tyranny after wasting his humanity throughout the course of his life. I am not saying he was misunderstood but I am saying that there should have been a bigger picture to all of this. Anyway, it is definitely worth the watch anyway.
No se salva por el "basado en hechos reales". No es muy entretenida que digamos
This movie fails at what it purported to be, and fails to be anything else, either. Incoherently plotted. It claims it's meant to be Bundy's story from the perspective of Liz Kloepfer, but she barely figures in the story, even as we see an impassioned Bundy struggle with just how madly in love with her she is. Serial Killer Groupies everywhere are swooning!
Many other reviewers have said it much better, pointed out the flaws with insight and depth. I want to add that what this movie claims to do is actually accomplished by the profound recently released documentary "Ted Bundy: Falling for a Killer". The name makes it sound like some ID produced sensationalist garbage, but don't be fooled. It's one of the most fascinating documentary series I have ever seen, and tells the story in a way that decades of journalists and films have hitherto-fore failed at-- from a truly female perspective. And yes, it turns out that makes a huge difference. Apparently that's what this movie supposedly meant to do. Instead it fails in every imaginable way, makes Bundy look like an action hero, and whitewashes his behavior. We even have real life footage of just how creepy and crazy Bundy is, such as when the charges were read against him in Florida and he is paraded before journalists while ranting. The movie even recreates this scene but Efron utterly fails to capture the creepy-crazy manic energy of the real Bundy in the real footage.
So what was the point? Compare this movie to "Falling for a Killer" and you will really see what a failure it is, even with one being a documentary.
It's not even entertaining or coherent.
Efron shows that he can effectively shed his teen idol persona to deliver strong, complex performances, but doesn't have the vehicle to let those strengths stitch together this film's components into a satisfying whole.
Joe Berlinger claims to have developed this true story from the perspective of Elizabeth Kloepfer -once Ted Bundy's partner- and that right there is the biggest disservice and disappointing part of this biopic. The film not only never fully does what it set itself to be, which was to unfold its events through Elizabeth's eyes but it also underuses its source material and Lily Collins' great talents. And that is not me saying Lily doesn't have her moments to shine because she really has some, but this supposedly being her perspective of the story she never gets the attention and spotlight that the story seems to require, making her character feel like a sidekick when, as I've repeatedly mentioned, she's supposed to be the center of it all.
If this would've kept the tone and consistency it had at the ending, specifically when Efron and Collins' characters have their final confrontation -which also brought the best out of them and also showed how their connection was also underused- this would've been just great, but sadly, for the most of the film, Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile suffers from at times weird editing, bad pacing, a lot of lackluster character insight and a fatal waste of great potential.
In conclusion, Joe's adaptation of Elizabeth's book for sure showcases solid performances and a strong ending, but that's about it. It ultimately leaves you with a feeling of unfulfillment that can't be compensated by the very few good parts this film has.
Netflix has grilled up a bland nothing-burger with Ted Bundy already behind bars, arguing in court, even ignoring the most dramatic moment of the trial (below) when he lost it, showing jurors a glimpse of the evil. In contrast, we know of at least three TV movies about Bundy that do a decent job of covering his adult life and the monster behind the suave exterior. You're better off with The Stranger Beside Me, The Deliberate Stranger, and Ted Bundy.