By Kristin McKee
Netflix opened up the year with another original series that had its (primarily young adult) audience hyped up. Adapted from Charles S. Forsman’s graphic novel, “The End of the F***ing World” stirred up a frenzy over pop culture.
The story follows a 17-year-old boy named James (portrayed by Alex Lawther) who self-diagnosed himself as a psychopath. Upon meeting Alyssa (portrayed by Jessica Barden), a rebellious girl filled with teenage angst, James decided to try killing a human and declared Alyssa as his first target. The two ran away from home together that started out as a simple revolt against the lives they left behind, but along the way, the spontaneous journey turned into a search for Alyssa’s estranged father.
Along the expedition, James and Alyssa run into crime-worthy trouble that caused a snowball effect further into their escape. The exhilarating thrill of their chase unfolded as an interesting bond formed between the runaways. Predictably, they fall for each other and soon realize it is just the two of them versus the world in this epidemic.
“The End of the F***ing World” is a drama-comedy that carries a suspenseful ambience from beginning to finish, ending with a very open-ended cliffhanger. However, the cliffhanger was not the only reason fans are begging for more. From its stunning cinematography, indie soundtrack and present-day Bonnie and Clyde narrative, this series stands out from mainstream teen dramas.
Although the show is heavy in shock-value, “The End of the F***ing World” amplified reality with genuine characters experiencing lifelike situations.
Five out of five torches.