Zac Efron and Lily Collins, right, star in the Netflix feature "Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile.". In a way, it skims the surface too much, but I do think Zac Efron's central performance is well-done...the circus of the courtroom is also well-captured. If you have any suggestions for future film reviews leave them in the comments. Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile is showing at the Sundance film festival This article has been amended on 27 January. Showing all 188 external reviews. Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile doesn’t really know what kind of film it wants to be. Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (2019) Review Joe Berlinger’s “Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile” is a bit confusing in its early stage, but gets significantly better over time. | Fresh (98) A chronicle of the crimes of Ted Bundy from the perspective of his longtime girlfriend, who refused to believe the truth about him for years. In the lore of serial killer movies, none have tried so hard to make us feel sympathetic about a man who murdered 30 women as Joe Berlinger’s Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile. The film does neglect key evidence to manipulate the audience to consider he was innocent, the core evidence against him was more condemning. [Full Review in Spanish], A merely 'OK' drama, which demonstrates Zac Efron's previously unseen dramatic abilities. During most of this time, he was engaged in a committed relationship with a woman, and much of the movie is told as the extraordinary story is revealed to her. Read full review and the Terms and Policies, In the end, Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, and Vile is a film that's light on substance, but very solid in many other regards. You're almost there! While based on the memoir of the supposed only woman the serial killer ever loved, the film still chooses to devote much of its time selling Ted Bundy to us—and worse, as a charismatic innocent. Coming Soon, Regal Like many people, I have a dark fascination with serial killers, because thankfully it's so far removed from my life. Coming Soon. Regal ‘Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile’ Review: Zac Efron Gives the Best Performance of His Career as Ted Bundy [Sundance] Posted on Sunday, January 27th, 2019 by Chris Evangelista The way he plays it cool and finds comedy in terrible moments was very fitting for the title of the film. Just like news articles and documentaries about this man, this movie only tells you what he has done, rather than showing any of it. Therefore, there's more value in subjectivity, the internal world of the characters, than in the objectivity of the actions. Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile provides an interesting synopsis of Ted Bundy’s time in captivity but shies away from exploring the difficult questions. By emphasizing Kendall's point of view, the tone approximates that of a traditional Lifetime movie, where a woman is shocked to discover a terrible secret about the man with whom she becomes involved. You will feel duped into liking him, but that was the appeal to Ted Bundy. and to receive email from Rotten Tomatoes and Fandango. That argument, frankly, seems as questionable as it is self-serving. Your AMC Ticket Confirmation# can be found in your order confirmation email. Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, And Vile reviewed by Mark Kermode Mark Kermode reviews Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, And Vile. Here's why I believe certain viewers should be checking this film out. It initially looks at how evil can hide in plain view, creeping into our lives under the guise of normalcy, but Berlinger allows this theme to recede into the background as he hands the narrative over to Bundy. But no matter how good Zac Efron’s performance as Ted Bundy is, this is the tamest way to explore such a complex and interesting story. The percentage of Approved Tomatometer Critics who have given this movie a positive review. Part courtroom drama, part biopic, part psychological investigation and part crime drama , its unusual narrative turned a story with an immense deal of potential into a final product that somehow manages to be both intriguing and confusing . They won't be able to see your review if you only submit your rating. This film made me look forward to his future feature film endeavours. This is a re-post of our Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile review from the 2019 Sundance Film Festival. | Rating: 3/5 Don't have an account? This question of how media depict serial killers, notably, goes back decades, and the fascination with Bundy is hardly new. Being a narrative feature, it almost still feels like a documentary at times, and that's not really a positive. |, May 5, 2019 That doesn't elevate the material, necessarily, as much as it does add to the queasiness watching it. |, May 4, 2019 Unfortunately, I don’t think that Extremely Wicked is the overwhelming sensation that Efron may have been hoping for, but he isn’t responsible for any of the film’s missteps. There are no approved quotes yet for this movie. |, September 30, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 https://www.ign.com/.../extremely-wicked-shockingly-evil-and-vile-review While I wasn't looking to watch a film that explicitly showed what he did, the story didn't have much of an emotional impact, because it was told from his perspective, without revealing anything he has done (for the most part). If it wasn't for Zac Efron embodying every inch of Ted Bundy's charismatic persona with a stunningly mesmerizing performance we'd be left with a forgettable affair. 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