Saturday, 7 July 2018

The End of the F***ing World

I'm sure someone wrote about this here in this Community, but I can't find it! I'm usually pretty good at executing Google Plus searches, but I give up on this one! Maybe it's because of the asterisks!

Anyway, this is worth a look on Channel 4 CatchUp just now. Eight x 30mins episodes which is a deliciously dark tale of discontent, youth, abuse and murder! It's centred around two teenagers who hit the road after a trail of incidents and a short life, thus far, of unpleasantness at the hands of those around them. Not knowing what they want out of life and generally naffed off with the world, their pursuit is restless, though deep-rooted value bases interfere with their vision of themselves as real anarchists!

Thoughts of Thelma and Louise, Kalifornia, Natural Born Killers, Shallow Grave and of course, Bonnie and Clyde spring to mind whilst watching, as it's follows that crime and (apparent) madness genre. Events flow forwards and the plot and script dips in and out of fancying itself as a love story, too. By the end, you really want to get onside with the pair and hope for a positive outcome - they are clearly both paintings, brushed by their socialisation.

There's great performances from the leads, ex-Corrie girl Jessica Barden and Alex Lawther (The Imitation Game and currently, BBC's Howard's End) and the two coppers are really funny with their unspoken but obvious backdrop of a failed stab at a relationship between them. The direction is slick and sets decidedly dour and drab, reflecting the world outlook. Certainly worth a look and can (almost) be devoured in one sitting. With a tub of Haagen Dazs!

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