The End of the Fucking World | Review

Posted by Amber Adams | Jan 9, 2018 | Reviews | 0 |

The End of the Fucking World is about teens facing realistic challenges while struggling with mental health and trauma. It’s brilliant.

BEFORE THIS REVIEW CONTINUES, I’M WARNING YOU THAT THERE ARE SOME SPOILERS. SORRY!

The movie is about James, a 17-year-old professing that he’s pretty sure he’s a psychopath. He then meets Alyssa, who’s rough around the edges, and starts to date her in hopes of living out his fantasy…. To kill her.

This threw me down a rabbit hole right off the bat. It bellows the question of ‘Do you ever really know who anyone is?’ I know I’ve had my fair share of friends or what I thought were friends and their intentions didn’t come to roost until I was manipulated into doing things for them. Sometimes it’s hard to see, and you learn the lessons the hard way, and this brought back some painful and angry memories for me.

With its narration, it also made me think of the thoughts that go through my mind and what fantasy thoughts are for me. I think so many things that I want to do, but I’d never actually do them, even though I’d love to kill many people in mind. Ha Ha! I’m sure it’s not just me….. I hope.

After my mind trip, I got triggered again, when Alyssa’s creepy step dad drives her to run away by constantly sexual harassing her in front of her mom- unpunished. I also have a creepy family friend that sexually harassed me in front of my family- without consequence. It’s both shocking and triggering. So she, like any person should do, ran away to find safety. Only she ran away with James who has vividly violent thoughts and fantasies of murdering her.…

James goes home and punches his Dad in the face, and he steals his car. In my teenage years, I also stole my Dad’s car and took it for a joy ride when I got hit by a family member. I’m starting to think it could be a right of passage…

Without trying to spoil too much, eventually the movie had two detectives enter the picture, and they had a soft spot for James, and his plight, as his mother committed suicide in front of him as a child. This part of the film was interesting from an empathy point of view. Can you have empathy for someone who has committed a terrible act? What if you understood where they came from and felt the act was eventually inevitable because of the way their life unfolded after? Obviously everyone must take responsibility for their actions, but sometimes it’s possible to empathize even with what you perceive to be the worst of people if you really try. Most likely, those people have never had someone empathize with them in their life, which led to whatever bad outcome they find themselves in. It got me to think that a little empathy for those that I don’t think deserve it might go a long way, especially with mending relationships in my life.

This film also touches on PTSD and how trauma can be hard to bounce back from, and it can be tempting just to compartmentalize it. And finally, it discusses sacrifice and how one learns to love and be loved after life has thrown a complete shitstorm at you.

I think I did my best to discuss this film without spoiling that much. It’s a very good watch and brings up many mental health and life issues that make you think and might make you change your ways as well. It was a good reminder for me, and I highly recommend watching ‘The End of the Fucking World.’


If you or a loved one you know battles with any Mental Health Issues, please do get the help you need. If you need to talk to someone now, you can talk to one of the many fantastic therapists at Better Help by CLICKING HERE.


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Photo Credit: Netflix

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