Courtesy of the Sundance Film Festival
When the world premiere screening of Extremely evil, shockingly evil, and vile ended in Sundance, Zac Efron (and his vibrant blond hair) rushed to the stage with all the exuberance of a person who did not see the barrage of negative reactions to the fall of the first trailer of the film. Or maybe he knew, but he knew he would be innocent … unlike the serial killer too guilty, Ted Bundy, he portrayed.
The Internet was preoccupied with concerns that the film – starring Efron and Lily Collins as Elizabeth Kloepfer, Bundy's fiancee whose book is the basis of the film – would give a man who brutally murdered and sexually assaulted at least 30 women. treatment of a heartthrob, painting him as a misunderstood character. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Yes, from the eyes of a lover, we see Bundy's charming side for which he was really famous, but there is an underlying stream of flow factor that, without spoiling the film, is the cause of a well-placed and shocking turnaround. There is never any doubt that Bundy did what he was accused of. The whole movie raises the question: if you were in bed with a monster, would you know?
Still, Efron is not exactly helping in the case. A truly weird performance, Efron said during a Q + A that he was not trying to do an imitation of Bundy (as you know now, there are many tapes he had to continue, and a whole television affair on television), but " satisfied that we have the same kind of mannerism … we do the same things. "What are you trying to tell us, Zac? I'm scared.
Was EWSEAV a great movie? No. In addition to the fascinating and insane judicial process, which are public records, the script seemed weak and without the kind of tension one might expect. However, it was also one of the films, if not the most, tasteful and respectful on that kind of subject I saw. In the end, it was a movie about the victims: including Kloepfer. There were no graphic murders or sexualization of their crimes. Bundy was exactly as the title suggests: evil and vile. For this, Efron has a reason to be proud.