“Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile” Review

A Netflix film on Ted Bundy featuring Zac Efron as one of the most famous serial killers of all time, what could go wrong? A couple things. “Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile” was film filled with faults. Although not the worst it could be, the film left a lot to be desired.

Zac Efron does an amazing job in this role, weirdly seeming as though he was born for it. He’s charming, charismatic, goofy, manic, and insane much like the real Ted Bundy. He really gives his all and a lot more to portray the nice and gentle side of Ted Bundy that fooled everyone and hid the much darker side he is known for. Yet, one man can not make a film great.

Suffering from a lot of tonal shifts between the the grittiness of Bundy and his horrible activities, the movie can be seen as a tamer version of the story of one of the most famous serial killers in history. Joe Berlinger (director of Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2) directed the film in a great way, with cinematography that definitely beats his other works and shows his improvement as a director, but still leaves you wanting more. The film can be compared to a less thrilling version of “American Psycho“, following a man playing it cool and blending in while doing horrific things on the side, yet lacking the fear and horror that is seen in those horrific things.

Overall, the movie was not the worst thing that could’ve been produced, yet it in many ways could have been better. Zac Efron did amazing in the role, but even then I wanted to see him get truly dark, I mean this is supposed to be a dark film for heavens sake. If you’re interested in crime and/or serial killers, I recommend the movie. But if not, you could probably go without it.

★★★☆☆