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The End of the F***ing World provides a new take on coming of age stories

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Chris Dean, Staff Writer

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The End Of The F***ing World
is most likely named as such
because when one finishes the
show, one feels as if it is the end
of the f***ing world. Audience
members will come to love
these once dismal characters
as if they’re their best friends.
This, along with the aesthetic
nuance of the cinematography,
the entertaining dialogue, and
the classic plot with a startling
twist, proposes a journey to
each individual member of the
audience.
The characters in The End
of The F***ing World are what
truly makes the show. Both of
the main characters, James and
Alyssa, open the show boldly.
James’s first line of the show
is “I’m James, I’m 17, and I’m
pretty sure I’m a psychopath”.
He then goes into detail
about why he thinks he is a
psychopath. Reasons include,
sticking his hand into a deep
fryer “just to feel something,”
and his passion for murdering
animals.
While this is a strange hook
for a show, it proves to be
extremely effective in beckoning
the viewer’s curiosity. After he
admits that killing animals isn’t
enough, James reveals to the
viewers that he is ready to move
on to bigger pray: a human.
This is where James’ prey
Alyssa comes into play. She
introduces herself by talking
about how she would like to disappear
from her family, another
interesting plot line. It’s clear
that she’s an impulsive character
when she smashes her phone in
the middle of the cafeteria, walks
up to James and openly hits on
him. This scene aides in the character
development of Alyssa as an
obnoxious, straightforward girl,
who often comes off as rude.
Character
development
is one of the
best aspects
of this show.
Both of these
characters start
off emotionally
damaged, but
they end up finding
themselves
in each other.
Alyssa starts off
as a loud and
crude girl, acting
out over her
mother’s lack of
attention and her
father’s non-existent
presence.
Then she
transitions to
someone who
lives and loves
in the moment.
She drops her
crudeness and
opens herself up
to James, who
has the biggest
transition of all.
James goes from
mercilessly killing
the neighbor’s cat to bawling his
eyes out when Alyssa has to put
a dog out of its misery after it
is run over. Watching these two
come out of their shells makes
the characters and the show very
memorable.
The End Of The F***ing World
is directed by Jonathan Entwistle
and Lucy Tcherniak. Entwistle
directs the first four episodes of
the show and Tcherniak directs
the last 4. These directors take
after Wes Anderson and Quentin
Tarantino to create a dynamic
plot. Entwistle seems to take after
Tarantino, making the show more
mature.
This is present in scenes of
unhinged and maniacal violence
that startles the audience, yet adds
to the charm and empathy the
audience develops for the characters.
The unconventional style
that comes with the gore make a
possibly crude plot fascinating.
Tcherniak turns away from
the blood and explosions to
focus more on the
beautiful aspects of
the show. The color
and scenery are
not quite as bright
as Wes Anderson’s
movies typically are,
but his touch seems
to be lingering in
everything from the
way the characters
interact with each
other to the outlandish
and purposefully
chosen wardrobe.
She includes a
thoughtful color palette,
which complements
the radical
and off kilter horror
shots to reinforce
the coming of age
motifs. Tcherniak
also focuses more
on the relationships
of all the characters
than Entwisle does.
She showcases the
real relationship
between James and
Alyssa and what it’s
like when they finally
open up to each
other. James and Alyssa’s relationship
is not the only one Tcherniak
brilliantly executes.
Eunice and Teri, the two detectives,
are a loose side story in the
first few episodes, but Tcherniak
really intertwines Eunice’s realization
that she does not need
Teri into the overall plot. From
episode one there is no doubt
that these fresh directors do
amazing justice to their similar
seasoned directors.
The best aspect of The End Of
The F***ing World is it’s golden
dialogue. Some may not be a
fan of the inner monologue
integrated with the dialogue of
the characters, but without it the
audience would never learn their
true thoughts.
It also allows for great one
liners such as, “It’s not going to
blow up. This isn’t a film. If this
was a film we’d be Americans,”
as the car blows up.
Every actor from Alex
Lawther, who plays James, to
Earl Cave, who plays Frodo a rebellious
gas station attendee, expertly
displays emotion through
their dialogue and general
gestures. Each of them powerfully
captures their character and
never ceases to amaze.
The End of The F***ing World
is a teen runaway with a twist.
It brings us deep and relatable
characters who experience things
teens often do. The directors
worked hard at bringing this
show to life and blessed us with
familiarity.
The dialogue makes the
show extra enjoyable, especially
the witty remarks
and inner monologues. The
End Of The F***ing World
is streaming exclusively off
Netflix, but for those who
prefer reading, you can find
the original comic by Charles
Forsman on Amazon.

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