The End of the F***ing World Review

New Netflix original is not what it seems.

Cassondra Flanery, Staff Writer

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With such a bold title – asterisks included – The End of the F***ing World masquerades as your typical “edgy” teen show. However, the complex character dynamics and intense themes that make up the storyline (complete with a killer throwback soundtrack) make it a must-watch for 2018.

The show is based on the comic book of the same name created by Charles Forman; however, there are several differences between them.

photo via ComicsAlliance – A page from the comic.

For one, the writers decided that the graphic ending in the comic wouldn’t convey the right message on-screen, Abraham Riesman explained in an article by Vulture.

In episode one, James (Alex Lawther) introduces himself as a psychopath, tone monotonous as he describes the various times he’d felt nothing while killing small animals. Alyssa (Jessica Barden), on the other hand, is fiery, defiant, and comes from a less-than-ideal family.

When they meet, Alyssa boldly pushes her way into James’s life, and so begins an off-kilter romance with the pair having wildly different motives.

Fed up with her creepy stepfather and complacent mother, Alyssa pursues her biological father.

In a strangely calm way, James starts planning ways to kill Alyssa as he gets to know her better.

photo via The Sun

Together, they go on a road trip, each hiding their true intentions.

This begins an unpredictable, hilariously nonsensical series of events; on the trip, James and Alyssa start to understand each other and the traumatic childhood events that resulted in their unstable demeanors. James even realizes he might not be a psychopath after all as Alyssa brings him out of his shell.

Despite the seemingly finite ending, however, Alex Lawther reports that a season 2 is possible.

photo via British Comedy Guide

Just after its release on Jan. 5, critics were already praising The End of the F***ing World – on Rotten Tomatoes, it currently has a rare 100% rating.

The End of the F***ing World breaks the stereotype of gritty teen shows being too forced, instead delivering a passionate story about two outcasts who find solace in each other along a turbulent ride.

 

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