Alex and Jessica in The End of the F***ing World Image: Twitter
Netflix's latest trailblazer is a dark teen thriller about a 17-year-old self proclaimed 'psychopath', and it is winning eveything. The End of the F***ing World, based on a comic series by Charles S Forsman just scored a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. And whil, the rating site might not be a critics' Bible, we can't just ignore what it's saying.
"I'm James and I'm pretty sure I'm a psychopath," says the show's 17-year-old protagonist, played by Alex Lawther. This is not like the time you thought you were a psychopath because you slammed the door on your parents. James's problems are real — cuz he literally stuck his hand in a deep fryer one time, just so he could feel something.
James regularly kills animals, gets bored with it and now wants to kill his classmate. He also hates his father. The eight-episode series has been hailed as the best thing on Netflix and the best psychodrama of the decade.
The show also focuses on themes of sex and consent — in a way that could be really useful to millennials. The complex female lead of the show has also been unanimously praised for her portrayal of the complex sophomore. English actor Jessica Barden plays Alyssa, James's classmate, who is also going through a turmoil of her own.
At one point in the show, James is molested by a trucker who is a closet gay. "We have him (the trucker) with the problem of masculinity, which is a massive topic at the moment,” Barden told Refinery 29. One of the show's sequences has Alyssa withdrawing consent to have sex with her boyfriend Topher.
not only is the end of the f***ing world a great show, it provides a surprisingly accurate representation of what its like to go to University pic.twitter.com/014dJJmHfA— janurory (@RoryMeep) 9 January 2018
"You see men being the people who lead women on in pop culture. But, she (Alyssa) did that to Topher. She uses him … Women are like men as well, we make mistakes, but then you can fix it just as quickly. You don’t have to go along with it," Barden says about her character.
The series was reportedly born when the director Jonathan Entwhistle saw a scrap from Forsman's comic book outside a London store. Exactly the kind of testy and peevish conception you'd imagine the show to have. “I’m trying to think what adults do in a situation like this. Shall we go downstairs and have a glass of wine?” Alyssa says after she breaks into a house. And you know what — we don't need the Rotten Tomatoes rating, we're sold on this.