The first thing that comes to mind when someone hears “Ted Bundy” is violence, blood, criminal acts etc. but that name fell flat on the director’s (Joe Berlinger) ears.
The perspective that the movie makers took with this film bleeds it dry, with barley any portrayal of Bundy’s psychotic side and criminal mind. The problem here is not what’s been going round the media with claims of “glorifying and romanticizing a murder” but it lies in the lack of painting Ted as a diabolic, evil and vicious serial killer. What might lead the audience to believe that Ted was romanticized is the scene in the courtroom where young girls are gushing over his charismatic persona, but that’s only a precise story of what was happening back in the 70s (Also, Zac Efron’s incredibly good looks.)
We have to give props to the casting team for picking out Zac Efron as the lead actor for his similar looks and great ability to nail the sadistic and egotistical character of Bundy. Lilly Collins also delivered a great performance as Ted’s love interest who goes through all the ups and downs of his story, becoming more damaged by each passing day, drinking her feelings away.
The cinematography was on point, with the perfect setting of USA in the 70s, from the buildings, to the style, and the iconic Volkswagen Beetles.
All in all, the movie was set to be a great bio-pic about one of the most interesting characters in history, but the plot suffered a hard hit, leaving the film in more need of murder and violent scenes (seeing that its genre is Crime & Thriller) of Ted’s horrific crimes to solidify the monstrous and vile character.