So I just finished watching the film Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, and Vile…
This film recounts, with particular focus on his relationship with his ex-girlfriend Elizabeth Kendall, the life, crimes, and trial of serial killer Ted Bundy. Starting with his initial arrest in Utah, and going up until his sentencing in Florida and his last encounter with his ex girlfriend.
It was…a film. Images and sounds were projected at my face. I learned nothing new, aside from one piece of information that either I forgot or wasn’t mentioned in the documentary series. I don’t remember which. Regardless, the film was acceptable.
Passable script, good characters and performances (Zac Efron came through and gave an amicable performance as Ted Bundy), okay cinematography, etc.
If I had to commend it, I didn’t expect it to tell the story from the perspective that it did. Seeing this story from the eyes of his girlfriend was certainly a different way of going about things, and it did its job effectively I suppose. The ending was alright.
But that’s about it for nice things to say.
The film, as a whole, was kind of sloppy. There were a couple really dumb oversights in terms of the story (Ted’s ankle was messed up after the fall from the courthouse window, but he was walking around fine afterwards in this?), the use of archival footage was really hit or miss (there was one moment where it showed a mugshot of the real Ted Bundy and it was really lazy), the soundtrack was tacky, and the editing was really uneven (like, it’s okay to hang on a shot for more than two seconds), and the quote at the beginning meant nothing regarding the film going forward. It was really disappointing how amateur they were in not spotting these mistakes and fixing them.
Overall, I was really unimpressed with this film. Zac Efron proved me wrong and gave a good performance, and the direction they took was unexpected, but it really achieved nothing. See it if you want, but you’d be better off watching Conversations With a Killer or reading a book about him.
5 out of 10