Saturday, December 5

Movie Review: Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (2019)

Film Title: 
Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile
Length:     1h 26min 
Released:   2019
Genre:  Biography, Crime, Drama 
Rating: R
Where I Got It: Netflix


A chronicle of the crimes of Ted Bundy from the perspective of Liz, his longtime girlfriend, who refused to believe the truth about him for years


Went down a rabbit hole for sure. BF and I watched the documentary on Netflix and then decided to watch this film. So good. 

This is the story of Ted Bundy. We all know about the horrible and wicked things he did. But here is a POV to the story we never got to see. Before Ted would go down in history as America's most notorious and charming killer...he was a family man. He and his longtime girlfriend had a life together. He helped raise her daughter and went to school to be a lawyer. Everything fell apart because of one phone call. 

Zac Efron was FANTASTIC. He gave me chills. He deserves all the awards for his role. He really brought this terrible man to life. He had the charm and lovability....but behind it all you see the glimpses of evil. Especially the scene with the dog. Right then and there you see behind that mask of see the monster slipping through. I was always meh about Zac. Sure he was hot and all....but this film really flipped my opinion. Zac is an amazing actor. I want to see him do more films like this. He can really pull off complex roles. All the other cast members did awesome too 100% BUT Zac carried the film. 

People were pissed that they had such a good looking fella like Zac play him. Some people felt like this movie was glorifying the man and romanticizing him. Those people really don't know their history then. He was romanticized. Women across the world LOVED him and thought he was innocent. Even the judge had moments of DANG he is good. BUT he was evil. He did it...100%. He was a monster, but damn...he was charming especially to women. HOW do you THINK he could get his way into those women's paths? They trusted him for that short amount of time. They trusted him and were brought in by his good boy looks and charms. It lead them to their doom. This film really shows this. It was hauntingly perfect. Women and some men fell for his lies. He was evil. 

I have never read the book which was written by Liz the real life ex of Ted, but I want to. I can't imagine being in her shoes. *shudders* I would be just as guilt-ridden and haunted. 

They really don't show any of the gruesome murders. We all know what he did. This was about the show that Ted created in court and in life. This is about watching Liz get through that circus. I'm sure a lot of people were not happy that we didn't see any of that. I'm not. It would've just been a slasher movie at that point. This was more complex and deep this way. It was done well. 

I can rant and rave about this movie all day. It really blew me away. 5 stars. You should watch it. I want to re-watch it soon. So good. For sure a candidate for best of the year ;)