Angsty Syd navigates high school awkwardness, family drama and an unrequited crush on her best friend while trying to rein in her budding superpowers.
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I know what you’re probably thinking, this is a TV programme not a film and you usually do film reviews. Well you see the whole series is only 2 hr 20 long so average film length and also I really wanted to watch it so there you go – that is why today I am reviewing a series.
“I Am Not Okay With This” is a series based on a graphic novel about a teenage girl called Syd (Sophia Lillis) who is navigating the trials and tribulations of high school while dealing with the complexities of her family, her budding sexuality, and mysterious superpowers that are beginning to awaken deep within her. The series is split into 7 episodes which vary in length from 19 minutes to 24 minutes, so it is quite easy to binge watch it all in one sitting, but the downside of that is that it leaves you wanting more.
I really liked the cinematic styling of “I Am Not Okay With This”, it is filmed using filmic kodak colouring (you can see an example of this in the image above) which makes it look like it is recorded onto film rather than digitally. This gives it a nostalgic feel, although it was slightly weird to get used to at first. Another interesting part of the styling is that it is not set in any specific era: the clothing is very 80’s but the decor is very 70’s. The school is very 60’s style, yet the security system at the school is clearly very modern. Mobile phones are mentioned as a way to document events by the main character who doesn’t want to ‘write’ a diary and the teacher mentions that young people are too distracted by devices these days. The main character also tells her Mom that “no one has worn those since the 90’s”, but Vinyl and VHS are very much still in use and an early laptop is seen using a modern USB stick. Whilst this means that the series will stand the test of time, it can also be distracting at times especially if you’re watching with a technology geek who knows when things would have been available and wants to point it out to you.
“I am Not Okay With This” also has a brilliant soundtrack, with songs from The Kinks, Echo and the Bunnymen, Paul Young and many more all of which will have you singing along. As well as a few songs from a fictional band called Bloodwitch who are really good and were created by Graham Coxon of Blur. However, the songs aren’t just gap fillers they actually add to the story by vocalising what is on screen and it never feels like a pointless placement of music without any specific reason. The soundtrack also adds to the no-particular-era styling with music from the 60’s right up to modern day.
The only downside to “I Am Not Okay With This” is it feels like the story is only just beginning, and the first 6 episodes were only leading into the main story, and even though it covers all aspects of teenage life from trying drugs and having sex for the first time to discovering friendships and your own sexuality it doesn’t feel complete. It leaves you wanting so much more, I really hope that there’s a second series although there has been no word from Netflix as of yet.
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