'Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile': why you need to watch it
Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile has recently been released.
It's a true crime film exploring the infamous case of Ted Bundy, the man who had the media fooled. Zac Efron and Lily Collins star as Ted Bundy and his ex-girlfriend Elizabeth Kloepfer in this shocking thriller that will honestly make your skin crawl.
The film is perfectly executed in order to pay respect to the true story in order to honour the victims; it is made clear just how wicked, evil and vile Bundy was and it is reported that many of the victims' families gave their blessing for this film to be made.
Most of the narrative is told from the perspective of Elizabeth, the woman who first called Ted Bundy's name into the police; Elizabeth is still alive in real life and inspired this film with her book and even visited the set while the cast were filming. Lily Collins performance stands out in this film as her scenes are absolutely heart wrenching and her on-screen chemistry with Zac Efron highlight just how manipulative Bundy was in order to get people on his side.
The manipulative nature of Ted Bundy was portrayed perfectly by Zac Efron who captured how cold and callous the murderer truly was; the film often had me feeling sympathy towards the character and believing he was innocent as well which certainly takes you on a journey and puts you in the perspective of the media.
It is a perfect commentary on how the media affects the public's view of it, as the judge says both in the film and in real life that Ted Bundy's execution would be a loss to humanity, despite what he did, how horrifying his actions were, his performance as a master manipulator even got the law on his side to some extent.
The end scenes of the film are truly chilling and unsettling to watch.
These scenes show Ted Bundy revealing the truth to Elizabeth in the most emotive yet sickening way yet; definitely one of the most stand-out scenes of the film. The film left a heavy feeling in my chest as the end credits revealed true videos of the court case which matched up to scenes in the film, before closing with a memorial of the serial killers' victims.
Other performances also stand out, as stars such as John Malkovich as Judge Edward D. Cowart, Jim Parsons as Florida Prosecutor Larry Simpson and Kaya Scodelario as Bundy's wife Carol Ann Boone. These characters reflect the real life people incredibly well, as can be seen by video clips from the real events. Scodelario, in particular, has a stand out performance, as she portrays a character completely under Ted Bundy's spell. The pair initially met at work in Washington, before growing closer during Bundy's trial. The pair got married in the courtroom, and Boone fell pregnant with Bundy's child while he was on death row.