|Directed by||Jonathan Entwistle, Lucy Tcherniak|
|Starring||Alex Lawther, Jessica Barden, Gemma Whelan, Wunmi Mosaku, Steve Oram, Christine Bottomley, Navin Chowdhry, Barry Ward|
|Released on||24 October 2017 – present|
|No. of Seasons||1|
|No. of Episodes||8|
I’m going to try and not give you any spoilers because The End of the F***ing World is an amazing show that deserves your time.
When I saw the trailer of The End of the F***ing World on Netflix I was intrigued. Something about the way Alex Lawther calmly hypothesizes that his character might be a psychopath drew me in and I was hooked. I binge watched the series and I wasn’t disappointed. I loved every minute of it. It deserves all the hype it’s getting and more.
Yes, the show might be bleak and have undertones of much darker themes than what shows starring teenagers usually do but the cover of dark humor makes it lighter and watchable for a younger audience. Personally, I love me some dark comedy. It takes away from all the bubbly-happy rubbish we see all the time.
James (Alex Lawther) and Alyssa (Jessica Barden) play two misfit teenagers in a town where they don’t belong and with families who don’t understand them. They’re both filled with a deep-seated anger at their small town, their families, their school and the people in it, etc etc. But below all of that is a much stronger need to feel something, anything that would make them feel less alone and misunderstood. They crave a connection unlike one they’ve had before and that is exactly what they find in each other. However, finding said connection is not a bed of roses, therefore we don’t get that sappy teenage love story nobody asked for. We get much more.
With killing small animals as a pass-time, James get’s bored and eventually feels like he needs to kill a human. This is where a rebellious Alyssa comes in. James is fixated and decides she’s going to be the victim. So, when she asks him to take his dad’s car out and basically run-away together, he agrees. James believes that there will be an opportunity to kill her. Over the course of the episodes, as the two spend time together we see how hilariously different they are. They’re nothing like each other but they seem to find an unlikely connection. A kindred spirit if you will.
Underlying it all, is an extremely complex love story, but you won’t judge them, simply because the characters are laid out so well you can’t find it in yourself to pass that snide remark you were going to. They’re all extremely well written and it’s clear the plot and dialogue was intricately planned out. With timelines criss-crossing and some flashbacks we have two characters that we love and adore. We’re rooting for James and Alyssa. We want them together and that is exactly what the writers intended.
It is however a bit gory and not for young children so if you were planning on watching it with your kids, The End of the F***ing World isn’t that kind of show. But otherwise it’s great and I suggest you give it a shot, you won’t be disappointed.
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