Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (2019)

Joe Berlinger directs Zac Efron, Lily Collins and Kaya Scodelario in this retelling of the serial killer Ted Bundy case, avoiding his grisly crimes while focusing on his romances and legal proceedings.

Watched while we were finishing up season 2 of Mindhunter. Same era, same focus on psychology rather than gore. No comparison really. Best season of TV in years compared to this camp, slow, slightly misjudged character study. Efron carries the ironies of Bundy’s character. He’s a gifted light comedy performer, even in an inherently dark role like this. But the jokier courtroom segments aside, he’s neither strong enough an actor, nor striking enough a star to carry us through the coy, incident free material. Kaya Scodelario does better in a small role as an infatuated trial groupie who makes a connection with the inscrutable yet deadly charmer. She stops the awkward, deadpan approach from flatlining in the final act.


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