People are going wild over the new addition to Netflix or the show that has been on Channel 4 for about a year. I don’t usually review older shows but since many people have only just been introduced to this brilliant programme due to its move over to Netflix, it is new for a lot of potential viewers. This great mini drama has created a lot of buzz from its interesting style and bold topics. I mean the title alone suggest its crazy nature so it would be a sin of me, if I didn’t talk about The End of the F*****ing world.
Plot: James (Alex Lawther) the 17 year old potential psychopath and Alyssa (Jessica Barden) embark on a mad adventure to escape their crap lives and find Alyssa’s real dad. However, as excepted things go very wrong and they end up on the run from the police. This is not your usual road trip.
Review: The world of television has recently been outdoing Hollywood, in terms of unique plot and brilliant entertainment. Channel 4’s and now Netflix’s brilliant show The End of the F*****ing world, is no exception. The different and brave plot is fairly typical for the creativity of some of Channel 4’s productions. The show brings dark humour mixed with a narrative not seen in any other TV media. The story takes its time to build upon teen angst and a very strange relationship but develops into a full blown wild ride, a beautiful romance and shit hitting the fan. The opening seemed dark and taboo enough but if you wait 40 minutes, you would think that episodes 1-2 where a kids show. I say 40 minutes for the first 2 eps because each part is only around 20 minutes long. The short episodes means not enough screen time for this amazing plot but could also imply how much crap happens to these characters in a short period of time, plus makes the show easy to binge watch. In addition to a plot that doesn’t stop, the style and filming/editing techniques are something not usually explored within many dramas. We are supplied with internal monologues with several characters, rather than just one, providing the audience with more insight and several points of views. Flashbacks, created through a range of mediums is also used to relay information and reinforce the tragic backstory of James and Alyssa. This gives us a break from the usual modes of storytelling within TV. Bravo!
With a show this dark, it only makes sense that controversial and brave themes for television are covered, both through drama and comedy. Discourses around sexual assault, suicide and sexuality are explored. I believe that the best programmes should always at least brush up on these ideas, to give audiences a safe place to explore these issues and learn about what to do if this happens to themselves or people they know. Despite this, the show does push the boundaries with a lot of animals getting brutally killed so just watch out for that. A show always loses points when a dog dies. ALWAYS!
After covering plot, style and ideologies, it is always important to discuss actors and characters. To start, James and Alyssa have been created and adapted to be two very difficult people to portray and get into the mid set of. I have yet to come across two characters so different and yet perfect for each other. They are crazy yet sane, horrid yet charming. I did start off hating the characters because of how unrealistic they are but I did grow to love both them and their relationship. Despite the challenge, Alex Lawther and Jessica Barden pull it off spectacularly. I expect awards for these two. As these actors are fairly unknown beforehand, it proves how hidden talent is sometimes the best. Hopefully their work in The End of the F*****ing world will bag them some more acting jobs higher up in the industry.
Overall, I did love the show after I got used to the style and the characterisation of James and Alysaa. The themes are beautifully portrayed and truly adds to the drama of the programme. However, the ending is rather unexpected and ended abruptly. I do pray that season 2 comes out soon.