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Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile: A Story of Romance

The Concept:

Ted Bundy is one of the most famous serial killers in United States history. He has a mystery and aura around him that keep him and his crimes intriguing all these years. So when it comes time for a major movie to be based on him you know what everyone wants to see? His ex-girlfriend’s angst about their relationship. As of this writing the Tomatometer had it at 57%, Metacritic was at 52% and IMDB was at 67%.

The Cast:

The main focus of this movie is the courtroom frenzy around Ted Bundy’s Florida crimes that swept America in the 1970s. So what does this movie focus on? The emotional journey young single mother Ted dated years earlier. Liz played by Lily Collins has such deep love for Ted that when she tips the Police to him (which didn’t lead anywhere) she spends the rest of the movie feeling so deeply guilty and sad that her life is a dark drunk hole. Zac Efron plays Ted. He shines. I can’t imagine how good this movie could have been if he had good material to work with. There are a lot of other great actors who also lack the material to let them shine including: John Malkovich, Jim Parsons and Haley Joel Osment to name a few.

The Recap:

Ted Bundy travels across the country on a killing spree when he is finally caught in Florida and put on trial. His ex-girlfriend Liz is left in Colorado feeling like it’s her felt that Ted is in trouble because she tipped the police once that he kinda looked like a sketch. This movie struggles with whose point of view you are really following. You would think it’s Ted but you’re mostly left to hang out in Liz’s wallowing..

The good:

The real world footage took you out of the fantasy in a good way. Made it feel like you were following the trial/manhunt/story in real time

The costumes, sets and locations were fantastic. Really felt like you were in the era.

Zac nearly had me believe Ted was innocent.

The bad:

Major gloss over of Ted’s story. No depth at all. Wasted time on uninteresting parts and totally ignored the interesting ones.

Basically any scene with Lily Collins (who is the main character remember), I picked up my phone. She’s a wonderful actress and did a great job with the emotions and such of the part but the material was just boring. I don’t really care how Ted’s ex is feeling. I want to know what Ted is feeling.

The victims are lost in this movie. They aren’t given names or faces or stories until the credits where they are lumped together on a couple pages.

Why we should watch or not watch it:

No. It’s not very good. Do you want to learn more about Ted Bundy? Watch the Netflix series Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes. It is far more interesting.

Last thought:

I love me some Zac Efron. I was looking forward to this movie. I watched it within hours of its release and I spent the rest of the time looking at my watch.

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