The End of The F*cking World

16/03/2018


Let's talk about the hottest baked potato everyone's been talking about these days — The End of the F*cking World is a British dark comedy drama based on the graphics novel of the same name by Charles S. Forsman. It has 8 episodes on Netflix, receives a solid 97% from Rotten Tomatoes and a score of 8.3/10 on IMDB. I basically binge watched the entire thing in one day and let me tell you, those scores do not lie.

The Story


The End of the F*cking World follows the road-trip journey of 17-year old James who believes he is a psychopath and Alyssa, a rebellious teenager and James' classmate who sees him as a chance to escape the world. Fueled by what he claimed to be psychotic tendencies, James decides to tag along with the purpose of finding a chance to kill a human being for a change. Following Alyssa's advice, the two of them embark on a road trip across England all while dealing with a series of obstacles life is serving on their plate.

Review


A darker, moodier tone to Wes Anderson's coming of age movie, End of the F*cking World is what happens when Anderson's plot got rejected for being too grim and not pastel-toned enough, got thrown away and somehow made its way to the draft drawer of a hipster, indie film director. The aesthetics itself consist of 90s grunge, grainy tones and earthy colour palettes, which is something I am completely fond of. Despite being set in England, I would say that the show carries itself a bold American tone that sometimes, I forgot we are seeing two teenage kids from a town outside London. The fact that we don't have names of towns or cities kind of fuel the memory loss too, although I personally have no problems with that since the main focus is definitely someplace else and shows like this tend to not give out blunt answers like that. It's all for the art, you know?


Running pretty short in just 20-minutes per episode, the most prominent concept (at least for me) in this show is the deep, unspoken connection shared between Alyssa and James. As the story moves forward, we get to see that James is not who he claimed he was. This, in my opinion, is a figurative representation that as a person growing up, it's normal to "misdiagnose" ourselves throughout the journey of self discovery. Like James who started out thinking he's a psychopath, we may never know or settle down until we find the characters that fit our puzzle board.

While James is more of the quiet one, Alyssa on the other hand, is a foul-mouthed rebel. I love Alyssa though. I think if we try to put ourselves in her shoes, the way she behaves kind of makes sense. Her wild nature reminds me of my teenage self when I wanted to do nothing but throw my middle finger in the air because really, what is life. I still sort of do that now but that's kind of not what we are talking about here. Aside from the great characters, this show knows how to tug your heart strings by using an open-ended, indefinite ending that will leave you asking 'what the hell just happened or is going to happen?' Now this is where I have mixed feelings. I know that Netflix is planning for a second season and while part of me is happy about that, I am also indecisive about it. Cliffhanging endings may or may not work, depending on the kind of plot it's built upon but in this case, however in this case I am just torn between two worlds. Some people say that a second season is unnecessary while others are excited about it. As for me, I'm going to open my arms for it as long as something new happens. After all, you can't have too many movies with a spark of Wes Anderson.

Overall, I have to applause Netflix for coming out with a remarkably poetic coming of age story. After being disappointed by 13 Reasons Why, The End of the F*cking World is definitely a motherf*cking cure.



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