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Netflix Review: “End of the F***king World”

Netflix released a dark comedy in January that will shock you from beginning to end.

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Makayla Purvis, Contributing Writer

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IMDB Rating: 8.5/10

My Rating: 10/10

If you’re looking for a terrifically intense show to binge this weekend, “End of the F***ing World” is right up your alley.

The show follows two misfit teenagers, James (Alex Lawther) and Alyssa (Jessica Barden), who decide to run away from their miserable lives and go on a life-changing journey, as they both feel that they don’t fit into the real world.

James is a socially awkward kid who believes he’s a psychopath due to his hobby of killing animals. Alyssa is a foul-mouthed, rebellious girl who wants to escape her current life and go on an adventure to find her estranged father.

Together, the two are complete opposites, yet make a surprisingly intriguing pair.

Although both actors aren’t well known, they portray their characters extremely well. Alex Lawther makes you believe that James is an emotionless, psychotic killer – he rarely shows emotions, and the audience can only hear his thoughts about hurting and killing people.

Jessica Barden also displays Alyssa’s emotions amazingly well, as the viewers will see her go from being angry, to sad, to happy in the short span of a few minutes.

Fans of “Bates Motel” will be taken back to the extreme emotions of shock, pain, and anger they went through when watching Norman Bates’ character development. The only difference is that James’ character develops in an unexpected way when he begins to develop both emotions and feelings while being with Alyssa, similar to R in the hit zombie movie “Warm Bodies.”

The romantic relationship between Alyssa and James also continues to blossom throughout the episodes, causing viewers to feel torn apart if either of them were separated.

Throughout their journey, Alyssa and James encounter serious crimes such as theft, murder, sexual assault, and home invasion. As teenage criminals hunted down by police, this duo is the next Bonnie and Clyde, taking on the rest of the world.

In addition, viewers will be enticed by the jaw-dropping, plot-twisting season finale.

Anyone who has a Netflix account should definitely binge watch “End of the F***king World” before season two comes out.

Makayla Purvis is a contributing writer with the University Press. For information regarding this or other stories, email [email protected].

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