The End of the F***ing World Review
Hailed as one of Netflix’s finest shows comes, ‘The End of the F***ing World’, an eight-part mini-series that can be completed in one evening sitting given its twenty-minute-long episodes.
The premise is about seventeen-year-old outsider, James (Alex Lawther), who’s convinced he’s a psychopath, and what happens shortly after his meeting at school with new kid, Alyssa (Jessica Barden), the token rebel without a cause, full of bitterness and resentment towards her mother and stepfather.
The pair become a ‘couple’ in the loosest sense, but James’ initial motives for the relationship lie in the idea of murdering Alyssa to appease the dark, twisted fantasy residing within him.
What unfolds, on Alyssa’s request, is a road trip that has shades of a modern day Bonnie & Clyde type scenario. The two youngsters flee their current existence in an effort to make it to Alyssa’s Father’s on the coast down south, and their relationship develops through what happens on their travels.
There is a sense of absurdity on the face of the story, but in reality, it’s a simple and realistic journey when you delve beneath the surface. It’s the intrigue of the characters that hooks you in, and the situations they find themselves that makes the show so compelling, looking at the psychology, of not just the two main characters, but also its supporting cast.
The End of the F***ing World is originally an American comic story, so it’s refreshing and surprising to see that it’s been adopted for British TV, which is a rarity as it’s usually the other way around. The transition from American comic to British TV is seamless, helped by the superlative acting from both Alex Lawther and Jessica Barden, and the cameos from some well-known British actors and actresses. Both Lawther and Barden endear themselves to the viewers despite their social issues that makes them outcasts in real life.
Filled with some very dark, comic moments, and colourful, snappy language and dialogue, both spoken, and from an inner voice point of view, The End of the F***ing World is a strangely addictive mini-series that’s both highly entertaining and stimulating, but with an element of sadness at its very core.