When Netflix rolled out their little Ted Bundy package a few months ago with a documentary that included direct audio from the man that confessed to the slaying of at least 30 women, there was the release of the Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile trailer with Zac Efron as the star.
While Confessions With a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes did an amazing job describing the events and motivations behind the serial killing, this Zac Efron flick turned into romance drama that wasn’t about anything.
If you entered this movie with only basic knowledge of who Ted Bundy was, this movie does absolutely nothing to tell you a damn thing about him or his actions.
We know Ted Bundy is a serial killer but this movie decides to be coy about it like ‘well did he reallyyy do it? ;);)’ but like, this is based off real life events. We already have the spoilers.
At one point Ted gets arrested but we never see him commit a crime and the movie continues to be super vague about what he’s even being arrested for.
Not into the final scene do we ever see him strike a woman as if it’s some big reveal that he was the bad guy all along. We were supposed to believe he was innocent? Because again, we all know he killed people. Even without knowing any details, we all know the ending of this story. Why be cute about this man’s actions?
Now, I understand that this movie was based on Liz Kloepfer’s book so the movie is told from her perspective but for a story about a murderer, there is very little murder and for a movie from the perspective of Liz Kloepfer, there is very little Liz Kloepfer.
Instead, we’re fed a love story between Zac Efron and Lily Collins and even as a lame love story it falls short.
I don’t want to see a Ted Bundy meet-cute with a girl at a bar. And no one actually thinks Ted Bundy was that hot. He was hot for a serial killer as opposed to like, all of the clowns and weird dudes with murder mustaches.
There is a scene in this movie where Ted is walking down the streets and women are getting whiplash snapping their heads around to stare at him. They took the worst scene in Spider-Man 3 when Tobey Maguire does the John Travolta walk down Midtown and girls cum themselves for him and they replaced Spider-Man with a serial killer.
That’s how you make a bad movie.
Oh, before I finish this I should probably mention that Zac Efron is bad in this. I mean, he’s trying his darndest but he still sounds like he walked right off the set of Baywatch to film this.
Every time he really attempts to ‘act’ it feels like a Ted Bundy parody for Funny or Die.
Ultimately, they could’ve hidden Zac’s inability to truly transform into Bundy giving more screen time to Liz Koepfer who again, the movie was supposed to be about.
There is nothing Netflix loves more than mediocre content.
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