Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, and Vile stars Zac Efron as Ted Bundy and Lily Collins as Liz Kendall. This film follows the love between Bundy and Kendall as the Bundy murders surface and spin their lives in all sorts of directions. A long and stressful courtroom trial is held against Bundy as everyone tries to figure out if this charismatic man could, in fact, have committed these terrible crimes.
I was a little skeptical sitting down to watch this one as I am not a fan of most Netflix originals. I am, however, a Zac Efron fan. He has proven he has comedic chops in movies such as Baywatch, Neighbors, and Dirty Grandpa. Great movies? No. There is just something about Efron that I find hilarious. I was really interested on how he would pull off portraying Bundy. He hit the nail on the head with this one! The one thing I always hear about Bundy was how likable the guy was. He was so likable that no one believed that he could commit the murders he was suspected of. Efron pulls this charisma off to a tee. He is so likable in this movie that he had me questioning if he committed the murders... and I already knew how the story ends! I don't think they could have picked a better actor for this role. Efron is so convincing it is scary. I mean, he became Ted Bundy. It felt like he was really on trial believing he was framed for murder.
Lily Collins is also very good in her role as the longtime girlfriend of Bundy. She makes a decision in this movie that sends her into guilty depression. The film slows down a bit when it focuses on her story as Bundy is in prison. She is still good in the role as an alcoholic. It is interesting to see how Bundy's trial affected his girlfriend. We get an insight on how her decision in the story sends her in a downward spiral. We see how Bundy used her while he was in prison and how he treated her. It makes the audience feel for her character as we watch the struggles she goes through.
I was also worried about the courtroom aspect of this movie. I can't stand courtroom dramas, they put me to sleep 99% of the time. This one, however, kept my interest up. Ted Bundy is such a curiosity that I was interested on how the story unfolds. I wanted to see more. They intertwined the courtroom aspect with Bundy escaping and conceiving plans to get out to keep the movie moving forward. It is very interesting to see how women thought Bundy was dreamy. This film does a good job at showing how Bundy tried to worm his way out of the trial by using his charisma.
As I said, Efron turns in a remarkable performance. Every time he is on screen, he is so convincing. By the end of the movie, he is not only this charismatic guy, but also creepy. The last scene in which Efron is in gave me chills due to his performance. This is one chilling performance that I hope gets as much praise as it deserves. His delivery mixed with his eerie facial expressions turns in one hell of a character. Efron proved with this scene alone that he is not just a funny or romantic guy. He broke type casting and proved that he is a diverse actor.
In the end, I really enjoyed this movie. Zac Efron steals the show every time his face is on screen. He is by far the best thing about this film. There are a handful of things that are good in this one, but Efron shines. As this film slows down when Efron is not on screen, it does have it's flaws. However, this is one to definitely sit down and watch if you have Netflix!