Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (2019) – Zac Efron as the Most Notorious Serial Killer

Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Director: Joe Berlinger
Writer: Michael Werwie

In addition to releasing a documentary entitled “Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes”, Netflix also released a biopic entitled “Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile”. A long title from Ted Bundy’s biography, the most notorious serial killer after 30 years of his death in law. Ted Bundy’s here, Ted Bundy’s there, everyone is talking about this psychopath. When fangirling is everywhere because of the psychopath’s handsome face, we never know he did a terrible act. Joe Berlinger’s “Extremely Wicked” gets a controversy. It romanticizes a psychopath. Is this no weird? Like there were no similar films like this before. Only those who don’t know before seeing the whole. It could be, everyone has opinions but it doesn’t matter at all.

This movie, overall and for my first impression, is kind of unique when you talk about psychopaths. It’s not a taboo thing when media or pop culture often took a theme like this. One answer: it’s so interesting. Yet, many people also misjudge on the psychopath in pop culture. This film takes the perspective of Lily Collins as Elizabeth. He is a single mother who works as a secretary to take care of his child. At the onset, Liz sat in a bar but felt uncomfortable because of the look of a handsome man. He is Zac Efron as Ted Bundy, our savior. This film tells the story of Ted’s journey and the relationship between Ted and Liz. From the beginning to how Ted ends in an electric chair.

Ted is a handsome and perfect man because of who else if not Zac Efron. He is like Joe Pesci as Tommy DeVito from “Goodfellas” but more mature and ideal for young women. But for Liz, a feeling of silence began to arise. A new fear arises and why Ted so different from a man in general. His appearance of a sketch of the kidnapping perpetrator. After police arrested Ted, Liz feels very guilty and responsible for sacrificing the most perfect man. In addition, they also met Kaya Scodelario as Carole Ann Boone who helped Ted’s trial. She is one of the women who believe that Ted is purely innocent.

As the movie goes on, there is a group of Ted Bundy lovers. Some interviewed young women so interested in Ted’s good looking. Meanwhile, Ted could have shown his deadly smile and makes a laugh behind. Ted can be a psychopath but we need to understand why he did it. I kind of like how media and pop culture create a mindset, mostly in anime as well, about romantic fantasies the main character as a handsome psychopath. It’s similar to the second season of “13 Reasons Why” where this series changes our views from a different perspective. So, it creates people who think that having depression, insomnia, and multiple personalities is a cool thing.

“Extremely Wicked” is actually not a bad film but it’s not a film that does something new. Besides this film has controversy but the message, the movie doesn’t put the audience too much into Liz’s perspective and even the victim. We never knew where Ted initially started to act psycho. The movie focuses on the Zac Efron viewpoint itself, which he has so many screens. The answer is back again because he is our savior of the second Christ. This is also a film about the most famous notorious killer of its day. However, we never see his backstory or the scenes to prove that Ted is a monster. Except for the reveal scene at the end of the movie.

With no emotional effect at all or at least there may also be, this biopic about Ted Bundy is like an asset of its own twist. There was no build-up and conflict. In the end, this film only makes us feel how guilty Liz was. It could about the handsome and innocent Ted Bundy or how Joe Berlinger so obsessed with this psycho. The most part I really care about is this film is a debut acting of James Hetfield, the Metallica frontman.

“Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile” was taken from a quote by the jury when sentencing Ted Bundy but this isn’t a very promising biopic. By moving the transition from one perspective to another, there is no point when only know Ted Bundy as the ideal man of girl. Unless I don’t really feel like blaming Liz or there are no more people helping Ted Bundy. In fact, he himself is also used as entertainment from the media and politics. So, does Zac Efron as a bad boy manage to attract the attention of girls? A petition in 2016 was written that Zac Efron must be cast as Ted Bundy in this upcoming biopic. Sure, the former lawyer of Bundy actually agreed with that. Or is Zac Efron Ted Bundy all this time? No one knows probably.