Film review: Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile

I’ve been wanting to view Netflix’s Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile for quite some time now. Actually, I’ve wanted to see it since I initially saw the trailer for it, and while it may have taken a little longer than I would have liked to see it, I finally did.

In case you’re unaware of what this film is about, it follows the crimes, and further the story of Ted Bundy, an American serial killer and necrophile who kidnapped, raped, and murdered dozens of young women and girls throughout the 70s.

Starring Zac Efron as Bundy and Lily Collins as his girlfriend and eventually fiance, Elizabeth Kendall, the movie follows Bundy’s relationship with Liz before, during, and after his crimes. The movie is based on Kendall’s memoir titled The Phantom Prince: My Life with Ted Bundy.

While I’m familiar with Bundy and the atrocious crimes he committed, I wasn’t exactly sure whether or not the film would portray these heinous acts. Thankfully, it did not, and rather focused on Bundy’s cunning ability to convince the public of his innocence despite hard evidence suggesting he did, in fact, commit the crimes he had been accused of. With this, the film also follows the strain Bundy places on Liz as a result of his actions, and the emotional turmoil she encounters while she attempts to grapple the reality facing her and her daughter, Molly.

I’m a fan of Lily Collins, and her performance in this film did not disappoint. Efron’s performance is remarkable, and it’s rather incredible to consider how he began his acting career with Highschool Musical once you see him immerse himself in Bundy’s character.

I absolutely recommend this film, not only because of the fantastic acting it offers, but further, to educate others of the monster Bundy truly was. This film is a prime example of how we can convince others to believe we are something other than what’s true, and Bundy was a master of trickery.

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