Created by: Jonathan Entwistle
Starring: Jessica Barden, Alex Lawther, Wunmi Mosaku, Gemma Whelan
James is 17 and is pretty sure he is a psychopath. Alyssa, also 17, is the cool and moody new girl at school. The pair make a connection and she persuades him to embark on a road trip in search of her real father.
I feel like I saw one article or one tweet or something like that where someone was talking about The End Of The F***ing World coming to Netflix. I was intrigued, but I didn’t really look into it to much. Fast forward a couple of weeks and I saw it pop up on my Netflix feed and recognized the very memorable title. I decided to start watching and I ended up binging the entire thing in one sitting.
What I Liked
Mash up of cult favourites. I don’t know about you, but to me this felt like a Quentin Tarantino storyline mixed with Wes Anderson characters. I know it sounds weird, and maybe I’m completely wrong, but from the dialogue to the cinematography to the soundtrack, this movie felt as though it was very heavily inspired by Tarantino while the relationship between our two main characters felt very reminiscent of the two main characters in Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom. The End Of The F***ing World is definitely unique and quirky and was the perfect show for me.
Quirky & weird. Everything about The End Of The F***ing World is quirky and weird. From the story itself to the dialogue between James and Alyssa, this show was one of the strangest shows I’ve watched in a long time and I absolutely loved it. I absolutely love dry and witty humour and The End Of The F***ing World is filled with it.
The chemistry. I absolutely LOVED both James and Alyssa and the actors that played them. They both worked so well together and I’m not sure if this show would have worked without casting these two as our leads. James is very quiet while Alyssa is very outspoken and I think that the contrast between these two is perfect. I also loved that we heard a narration of both of their inner thoughts and how different their thoughts were from one another.
The pace. I mean, I binged the entire thing in one sitting. Sure, the episodes are only 25-30 minutes each and there were only 8 of them, but I just couldn’t get enough. I needed to watch the next episode right away. The story moved really quickly, especially around episode 3 & 4 when things really starts to get real and complicated.
The open ending. At first, I wasn’t sure how I felt about the ending. My initial thought was “WE BETTER GET A SEASON TWO”, but after thinking about it for a little while, I kind of like the open ending? I mean, sure, it’s a little frustrating that we don’t know what happens in the final scene as the screen cuts to black, but once in a while it’s good to have shows that make you determine your own ideas about the ending.
What I Didn’t Like
Minor animal cruelty. While our main character is a budding psychopath and with psychopaths usually comes the death of animals (ex. Dexter), it wasn’t just these moments that got to me. We only see a glimpse of the animals that James has killed towards the beginning of the series. There was another scene towards the end that made me feel uneasy. While I think it showcases a change in James’ behaviour, it was still a tough scene to watch.
All in all, The End of the F***ing World was a show that felt like it was made for me. From the humour to the dialogue to the overall feel of the show, this one was perfect for my television tastes.