"I am Not Okay With This" turns out just OK

March 10, 2020

 

“I Am Not Okay with This” had all the makings of a great show but ultimately falls flat.


The new Netflix original series is adapted from another iconic Charles S. Forsman comic.

 

 

Photo courtesy IMDB.com

Netflix original series, "I am Not Okay With This" follows Sydney Novak as

she figures out her telikinetic abilities with her friend Stanley Barber.

 

 

It stars Sophia Lillis as Sydney Novak aka Syd and Wyatt Oleff as Stanley Barber aka Stan.  

 

You may recognize the two from their work in “It.”

 

Syd is a teenage girl dealing with a lot in her life and adding insult to injury, she discovers that she has dangerous telekinetic abilities.

 

She befriends the dorky boy next door Stanley, and together they embark on a dangerous journey to self-discovery. 

 

The series was directed by Jonathan Entwistle, who is no stranger to bringing Forsman’s work to life.

 

He is one of the original master minds behind the Netflix adaptation of “The End of The F****** World.”

 

Forsman creates characters that are uniquely strange and quirky in the best way possible.

 

His characters don’t conform to stereotypical teenage archetypes and I liked that Syd and Stan are no different. 

 

They are two odd ducks traversing dangerous waters aka high school in middle America.

 

Lillis and Oleff did an amazing job breathing life into Forsman’s characters and making them incredibly relatable. 

 

Oleff as Stan is wild, spastic, and unpredictable. 

 

He solely brings much needed humor that helps balance out the show.

 

Our heroine Syd is dealing with grief, a difficult home life, and trying to find herself. 

 

The standout character is Stan. I was on the fence about him at first but he ended up winning me over half way through the season.

 

Lillis and Oleff are on par with each other and they have great chemistry. I love how they go off on sporadic tangents. 

 

In theory, “I Am Not Okay with This’’ had a lot going for it.

 

The pieces should have fallen perfectly into place. I honestly don’t know what went wrong.

 

My biggest gripe is that it focused too heavily on the fantasy elements.

 

It is established early on that Syd possesses destructive telekinetic abilities.

 

It’s an important aspect to the plot but that’s really all we know about her. 

 

She needed to be fleshed out more, as well as Stan and the rest of the cast.

 

Also, the series heavily relied on 1980’s nostalgia and throwbacks to classic Stephen King horror. 

 

I honestly wanted to love this adaptation of Forsman’s comic but in the end, I am just okay with it and give it 3 out of 5 stars. 

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