Non-Spoiler Review: Netflix's psycho romance 'The End of the F**king World' is your next binge
It's early in the new year and Netflix is already rolling out another fantastic original series.
With perfectly-toned wit and a genuinely intriguing plot, The End of the F**king World was a start-to-finish pleasure.
Logistically, the short runtime made it an easy binge. Eight episodes, about 20 minutes each, this one was quick. But it was such an enjoyable experience that I wish it went a bit longer. That's the only complaint you'll find in this review.
Much of the show's success can be attributed to the brilliant performances from Alex Lawther and Jessica Barden.
You may recognize Lawther from "Shut Up and Dance," one of very best Black Mirror episodes from last year. Barden is perhaps best known for her role in Penny Dreadful as a troubled young girl rescued by Dorian Gray and company. Or as the chick from The Lobster whose nose kept bleeding.
They're both fantastic actors, that much is undeniable. But it was the chemistry between them that made their moments on screen so memorable. Lawther's portrayal of the sociopath James was obviously devoid of emotion, so when it crept into an interaction it was all the more impactful.
I'd encourage you to watch the trailer, as it does grip you in a certain way, but I'd warn not to assume that's all this show is. The concept is simple, but the scope is huge. It's a coming-of-age story with a dark twist and a whole lot of charm.
You're going to want to throw this in the queue.
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