Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (2019)

Directed by Joe Berlinger

Starring Zac Efron, Lilly Collins, Jim Parsons, John Malkovich, Haley Joel Osmond.

This is the kind of film you wish was made up, that it was not based on actual events. Like the shocking movie Helter Skelter based on the horrible murders of the Manson family, comes this film based on one of the most known serial killers Ted Bundy. Is a hard movie to review, in fact I can’t find the right words. I can also compare this film with Monster, based on Aileen Wurnos that earned Charlize Theron an Oscar for her performance. 

The movie follows the events of Ted being caught by the Police and how the trial was. The movie does not go into showing the crimes themselves, at least not in detail like other films that aim for shock value. This film is shocking enough when we get to see how this madman acted and behaved. The movie focuses on the effect this has on Ted and the justice system and his girlfriend Elizabeth who at first could not believe what he had done. It is common that these people lead double lives. 

About the film, I can say that I liked that it did not glorify Bundy in any way, it might feel that way because in fact and if you see the footage, Bundy acted all charming and confident. And in real life Bundy denied everything until a few days to being executed where he confessed. So, the film does not portray him as anything other than a mad man who did horrible things. I have to say, I was impressed with Zac Efron’s performance as Ted Bundy, he really did a good job. The film also was uplifted by having the great John Malkovich as the judge who sentenced him and said the words that gave the fil its title. I was also surprised to see on film again Harley Joel Osmond who was of course very known for his films Forrest Gump and The Sixth Sense. Jim Parsons also surprised me with a good performance that in no way reminded me it was Sheldon from the Big Bang Theory.

In terms of recommending the film, if you like movies about real events, then yes it’s a good movie. The best thing about it is that besides giving descriptions, few pictures and flashes, none of the horrible things he did were shown, that does not hurt the film in any way, to show the crimes is not necessary. 

Along with the movie, there is a Netflix documentary on the tapes of an interview with Ted Bundy is really chilling to see how twisted the human mind can get. It is a good addition to the movie because you get to see the actual court room footage. 

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