One of the most discussed films from this year’s Sundance Film Festival crop is Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile. Starring Zac Efron as the infamous serial killer Ted Bundy, the film has garnered some positive reviews along with a lot of conversation about Efron’s central performance. Along with the recent controversy surround the Netflix Ted Bundy documentary, many claim the portrayal of Bundy has been too charismatic.
Given insight on the subject matter is Kathy Kleiner Rubin, who was attacked by Bundy in 1978. Speaking with TMZ, Rubin gave her opinion on why Efron’s performance isn’t as bad as some people are making it seem:
“I believe that in order to show him exactly the way he was– it’s not really glorifying him, but it’s showing him. And when they do say positive and wonderful things about him, that’s what they saw. That’s who Bundy wanted you to see. I think the movie does glorify him more than I think he should be. But like I said, I think everyone should see it, and understand him as what he was. Even when he was the perfect son. Hopefully, it’ll make women be more aware of their surroundings, and be more cautious.”
This is a very fair take from Rubin, and considering her traumatic experience, her opinion as a lot of weight in evaluating a Bundy biopic. While the trailer seems to highlight a lot of charming aspects about Bundy, I ask people to be patient and wait to see the final product itself. I for one am excited to see Efron stretch his acting capabilities and hope the film is released soon.
Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile is expected to be released soon.
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