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I just watched this film and my impressions are mixed, but I'd still say given the film's budget and resources there's more good than bad here. My biggest complaint is the lack of physical malleability that Burke brings to Bundy. Bundy was handsome and outwardly composed when he first met Elizabeth Kendall and an emotional and physical wreck when he was on the run in Florida. Ted also had a talent for changing his appearance at will; friends and colleagues were often shocked by those dramatic alterations, which seemed to change the way he looked fundamentally.

An interesting feature of the film is that it lacks any moment in which the killer personality is formed; this is consistent with the fact that no one has found a way of explaining the profound disturbances in the man's mind that caused him to obsess about and commit actions that he himself couldn't talk about in a way that others could grasp. Perhaps if Bundy was still alive and could be subjected to exhaustive psychological screening, but this is not possible. The film could have speculated about his breakup with his college sweetheart and the ensuing stint of depression that lasted until he met Liz Kendall (Lee in the film) but I'm just as glad that it didn'tfollow this interpretation, which was presented so famously by Ann Rule in The Stranger Beside Me, an interpretation I happen to disagree with, insofar as it tries to posit a motive for the killings.

But the film does touch on a basic theme of Bundy's personality. What emerged from psychologist Stephen Michaud's conversations with Bundy in prison was that Ted viewed the world as verging on anomie; he was sure that things and people disappeared all the time without anyone noticing or caring. He was confused (probably quite distraught, too) that his
crimes got the attention they did. You see that conflict between Bundy's views and more socially developed, adult views of how the world operated in his conversation with his landlord in the last bit of the film. You catch a glimpse of how fragile Bundy's sense of self really was, and the constant rationalizing he engaged in, a rationalizing that
never took into account the humanity of his victims. What you see in the earlier Utah 'romp' is a murderer who enjoyed murdering as if it were a game, in love with his created persona, while in the final scene you see a guy who's really disgusted with himself, no longer able, I'd speculate, to muster the composure to even make an adult woman into a victim.

On another point, the film shows Bundy to be a sloppy operator, revealing his real name when he approached potential victims, making up ridiculous lies to his girlfriends, that sort of thing. He was also obsessed with fashion (he stole clothes that he couldn't afford) and
had some gross habits (Stephen Michaud mentioned Bundy's nose picking, nail biting, and foot fetishism). There was the Jack Kennedy-esque Bundy you get from "Deliberate Stranger", but you walk away from "Ted Bundy" with a sense of Ted's quirkiness, and the presence of the much
more quotidian perversions of which he was ashamed to talk about even during the last years of his incarceration.
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Date:July 13th, 2008 05:12 am (UTC)
Perhaps a dumb question of me, but what's the film called?
Date:July 13th, 2008 05:40 am (UTC)
The film's name is "Ted Bundy." The imdb link is here: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0284929/
Date:July 13th, 2008 06:35 am (UTC)
Whoa see, told you it was a dumb question . Thank you so much for the answer.
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