Movie Review: 

Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile

May 15th, 2020

Details from IMDB:

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.

Director:

 Joe Berlinger

Writers:

 Elizabeth Kendall (based on the book "The Phantom Prince: My Life with Ted Bundy" by), Michael Werwie
Initial thoughts:
 
Like lots of people, I was aware of the Ted Bundy trial. It was the first trial in the US to be televised and became something of a spectacle. I had also heard about how good Zac Efron was in this movie and finally got around to watching it on Netflix.
 
Main Points:
 
This is a true story but still for those who don’t know SPOILER ALERT!
 
 
 
 
I’ve got to say Zac Efron has gotten a lot better as an actor. He does a great job here of playing Bundy. Someone who is genuinely creepy and evil but yet for most of the film he manages to make him likable. The incredible part is how in real life he got away with these murders for so long and really did have women come to his trial because they were obsessed with him and even expressed love for him!
 
He also had two girlfriends and even got married (during his murder trial while he defended himself!) and also got one pregnant while in jail. If all that wasn’t incredible enough he escaped from custody not once but twice! Suffice to say this is a very entertaining/gruesome true story that held my attention the whole time.
 
Final Thoughts:
 
Netflix has really been picking up some high-quality material in the past few years. Something I never thought I’d say but I can see the day when Efron could win an Oscar or a Golden Globe, just not yet. I did quite enjoy this movie though and would certainly recommend it. Please don’t let your kids watch it. Violence, language, sex, and disturbing subject matter throughout. A solid 8 out 10 from me. It brought back what I knew of the case and added more details and made me look up what events were different.