March 23, 2018

The End Of The F***ing World

The End of the F*king World is a Netflix series about a couple of weirdo teenagers who find each other and go on an adventure. There are only 8 episodes, each 20ish minutes long, so this is a quick watch.

I liked it pretty well. Because it is so short I would recommend checking it out and seeing how it hits you. Some people will hate it, and I understand where they are coming from. However, it was interesting enough for me to want to watch all the way through.

It is a strange show, with a unique style. It oddly seemed out-of-time. It is modern and retro all at once. The visual style reminded me of Wes Andersen, with flares of ultra-violence like Tarantino.

I felt like the show was split into two parts. The first 4 episodes were almost funny, in an irreverent teenage angsty sort of way. Even though some of the subject matter was serious, the tone was pretty light. It presented some disturbing things in a nonchalant way.

Our two protagonists meet and form a quick, albeit strange, relationship. They embark on an adventure together. The first half of the season builds toward a pivotal event. Once that happens, everything changes.

The 2nd half took a much different tone. It wasn’t much fun, and it spent too much of its very short runtime with a side plot that was completely pointless. In the very end there were a few moments of beauty and I liked some of the final scenes. After finishing it I continued to think about it a bit. It took our main character through quite a journey, and I think he came out the other side a better person. For that, I liked it.

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