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EXTREMELY WICKED, SHOCKINGLY EVIL & VILE (2018): The Things I Liked…

Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (2019), Lily Collins, Zac Efron
Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (2019), Lily Collins, Zac Efron

Ted Bundy, one of America’s most infamous serial killers is very much at the centre of director Joe Berlinger’s film Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile. Yet the story is really told from the perspective of Bundy’s longtime girlfriend Elizabeth Kloepfer. As such, like Kloepfer, we don’t get to be there with Bundy as he commits his shockingly evil crimes (thank goodness!) We also don’t get to know any real shocking  details about the crimes until the trial towards the end. What we do get is a front row seat to watch Bundy some time after he commits a crime and pretends to be as normal and decent as the next guy. It’s sad but like a true psychopath, he succeeded at it. A lot.

Starring Zac Efron, Lily Collins, Jim Parsons and John Malkovich, I watched Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile because of the very interesting subject matter and the new perspective. Another reason is to see Efron succeed in a more serious role than he’s taken on in recent years. I’m happy to say that he does well. I was particularly impressed during the moments he gave the audience a glimpse into the true darkness within his character’s soul. His time at the dog’s home is one such example.

I don’t believe there was a single dull moment during this movie and contrary to what the trailer made many feel, I don’t consider Berlinger’s film to be one that glorifies or celebrates Bundy. It’s instead a movie that portrays Bundy as he was known to be and part of that is that he was sadly almost as charming as he was wicked, evil and vile.

I say watch Berlinger’s movie, Just don’t watch it expecting explanations and / or deep dives into Bundy’s past that highlight what could have led him to such darkness. For this is a film about Bundy but the focus is on Kloepfer’s experience.

Parsons and Malkovich’s characters are memorable. Overall though, it’s really Collins by whom I was most impressed. She may be an actor with a forever youthful face, but the lady has great instincts. Her telling of Kloepfer’s story will have you mad at Kloepfer, sad for Kloepfer and by the very end,a little surprised in general but definitely extremely relieved for Kloepfer.

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EXTREMELY WICKED, SHOCKINGLY EVIL AND VILE (2019): New Trailer From Zac Efron, Lily Collins, Angela Sarafyan, John Malkovich…

Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (2019), Zac Efron, Lily Collins

Read my spoiler-free movie review of Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (2019)


Starring Zac Efron, Lily Collins, Angela Sarafyan and John Malkovich, the story of Extremely Wicked is told from the perspective of Bundy’s longtime girlfriend, Elizabeth Kloepfer…

Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile is a new Joe Berlinger directed biography / crime / thriller that chronicles the crimes of American serial killer Ted Bundy.

I want to believe I’ll be more impressed with the finished film than I currently am with the music choice and edit of this trailer, not that it’s terrible.

I also haven’t yet figured out whether releasing this trailer around the same time as the Netflix Ted Bundy documentary is a good idea. Either way, I want Efron to do well in this role.

Kaya Scodelario, Haley Joel Osment, Jeffrey Donovan and Jim Parsons also star.

Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile Release Dates: May 3rd, 2019 (UK)…

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THE BEACH BUM (2019): New Trailer From Matthew McConaughey, Zac Efron, Isla Fisher, Snoop Dogg, Martin Lawrence…

The Beach Bum (2019), Matthew McConaughey
The Beach Bum (2019), Matthew McConaughey

The Beach Bum is a new Harmony Korine written / directed comedy about a rebellious stoner living life by his own rules.

Key cast includes Matthew McConaughey, Zac Efron, Isla Fisher, Snoop Dogg, Martin Lawrence…

I like the cast of this movie and that’s the reason I have a little hope about how it may turn out… fingers, toes and everything crossed!

The Beach Bum Release Dates: March 22nd, 2019 (US)…

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BAYWATCH (2017): The Thing I Liked…

Baywatch (2017), Zac Efron, Dwayne Johnson
Baywatch (2017), Zac Efron, Dwayne Johnson

Random great one liners here and there are really the main highlight in the 2017 version of Baywatch. Directed by Seth Gordon and starring Dwayne Johnson, Zac Efron, Priyanka Chopra and Aexandra Daddario, this is a film that made me laugh mostly when I watched the trailer. It’s unfortunate foe me that Gordon’s movie contains some seriously cringe worthy moments and dialogue. If you like that sort of thing then you’re in luck! I mean, people complained about Ed Sheeran’s cameo on Game of Thrones but David Hasselhoff’s appearance in Baywatch felt far more awkward, for me.

Am I crazy for thinking that the original Baywatch television series about a group of California lifeguards may have had a little more substance than this re-imagining? The first thing that disappointed me when the movie started is the the lack of sufficient character back story. How else was I going to connect with them and become invested if I hardly know a thing about most of the key players. 

It had never really occurred to me just how dissatisfied the Baywatch characters must have been with their own jobs. In Seth gordon’s movie they appear to be so unhappy that they assume the roles of police officers. Isn’t that illegal? Did the TV series take things this far and I just didn’t notice? Generally, I know that this is a movie and things have to be ‘bigger and better’ but for me it was definitely bigger and more ridiculous.

If I had to pick a favourite moment, in this movie, I choose the beautiful fireworks display towards the end. That’s really it because the trailer proved better than the finished product. A far too common trend with comedies, it seems.

Watch it only if you absolutely must.

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THE DISASTER ARTIST (2017): New Trailer From James Franco, Seth Rogen, Dave Franco, Alison Brie, Zac Efron…

The Disaster Artis (2017), James Franco
The Disaster Artis (2017), James Franco

Starring James Franco, Seth Rogen, Dave Franco, Alison Brie and Zac Efron – to name just a few, The Disaster Artist is a drama / comedy  that tells the real life story of writer/director Tommy Wiseau. Wiseau is the man behind what is often referred to as ‘The Citizen Kane of Bad Movies,’ The Room (2003).

Directed by James Franco, The Disaster Artist chronicles the troubled development and eventual cult success of  Wiseau’s film…

I’m hoping that this will be great considering how odd and entertaining this trailer is. I’ll tune in also because the James Franco / Seth Rogen partnership has never, ever let me down.

All I need to decide now is whether it’s worth trying to watch The Room before seeing this movie, or not.

The Disaster Artist Release Dates: December 8th, 2017 (US); 2017 (UK)…

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THE GREATEST SHOWMAN (2017): New Trailer From Zac Efron, Hugh Jackman, Rebecca Ferguson, Zendeya, Michelle Williams…

The Greatest Showman (2017), Zac Efron, High Jackman
The Greatest Showman (2017), Zac Efron, High Jackman

The Greatest Showman tells the story of P.T Barnum, a visionary who rose from nothing to create the mesmerising spectacle known as the circus. Directed by Michael Gracey; Zac Efron, Hugh Jackman, Rebecca Ferguson, Zendeya and Michelle Williams star…

I’m not the biggest fan of musicals but I like the cast too much to ignore this. There’s also the romance of it all, of course.

Paul Sparks, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Natasha Liu Bordizzo and Diahann Carroll also star.

The Greatest Showman Release Dates: December 25th, 2017 (US); January 1st, 2018 (UK)…

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BAYWATCH (2017): New Trailer From Zac Efron, Dwayne Johnson, Priyanka Chopra…

Baywatch (2017), Dwayne Johnson, Zac Efron
Baywatch (2017), Dwayne Johnson, Zac Efron

Zac Efron, Dwayne Johnson and Priyanka Chopra are the stars of Baywatch, the new Seth Gordon directed comedy based on the very successful 90s TV series of the same name…

This version of Baywatch is categorised as a comedy, whereas the TV show was an action / drama. I sure hope that bodes well for the end result.

I want this movie to be good so I can reminisce about some of my youth with a smile on my face. My fingrs are firmly crossed.

Lee Hodge, Alexandra Daddario, Kelly Rohrbach, Ilfenesh Hadera and Jon Bass also star.

Baywatch Release Dates:  May 12th, 2017 (UK); May 19th, 2017 (US)…

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MIKE & DAVE NEED WEDDING DATES (2016): The Things I Liked…

Mike & Dave Need Wedding Dates (2016), Zac Efron, Adam DeVine
Mike & Dave Need Wedding Dates (2016), Zac Efron, Adam DeVine

During Mike & Dave Need Wedding Dates, it didn’t take long before I found myself thinking ‘Oh great, this is one of those types of comedies.’ This unfortunate thought entered my mind within the first ten minutes during the intervention scene. A scene where the immature, co-dependent brothers played by Zac Efron and Adam DeVine respond to their family’s accusation that they ‘rile each other up’. The joke here contained gratuitous use of expletives and was unfortunately over-stretched to the point where I wanted to shout ‘CUT!

I promise that I generally do enjoy the effective and creative use of colourful language – just not when it’s over-used to the point where it removes rather than adds to the desired effect, comic or otherwise. There were additional disappointing moments where I thought, ‘Really? That’s how that would happen?’ But I persevered nonetheless.

In terms of the good things about director Jake Szymanski’s movie, one of the funniest and most refreshing moments is the dialogue between DeVine and Aubrey Plaza in the scene where they whisper to each other outside their Hawaii hotel rooms. There’s also the rather well-executed massage sequence thanks to an impressive performance by Sugar Lyn Beard and Kumail Nanjiani.

Mike & Dave Need Wedding Dates (2016), Anna Kendrick, Aubrey Plaza
Mike & Dave Need Wedding Dates (2016), Anna Kendrick, Aubrey Plaza

Overall, instead of Mike & Dave Need Wedding Dates being the ‘comedy of the summer’ it could have been, what we seem to have is a series of comedy sketches in what ought to have been an improvisation class setting because a lot the jokes / story still needed sharpening and editing down.

Last words from me: Seek out the great scenes highlighted above. Otherwise just do whatever makes you happy. For me, Mike & Dave Need Wedding Dates is one more reminder that a truly good comedy is so very hard to make. Why not try Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008). It’s very special indeed.

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