Lock down around the globe has many of us home and bored. Thank goodness for Netflix. Binge on dear reader, you can finish this season in a day.
I’m a sucker for a female led coming of age story. Brought up on John Hughes films I love high school rebellion. Add in the unexpected manifestation of a super power with a pinch of horror (Carrie springs to mind for obvious reasons) and you have all the ingredients for what makes the Netflix series ‘I’m Not Okay With This’ a fun watch.
Episode one begins with bang. “Dear Diary, go fuck yourself”, narrates Sophia Lillis who plays Sydney Novak. Sydney is a teenage girl from a single parent family living on the breadline. High school is tough, her mother is hostile and Sydney finds herself increasingly fuelled by anger since her father’s suicide in the basement of the family home.
Her school councillor encourages Syd to keep a diary. Feelings, emotions. Trying to encourage her to come to terms with the loss of her father. These entries form the basis of the narration of the show.
Though far from popular, Sydney has a cool best friend in Dina (Sofia Bryant) and loosely hooks up with Stanley (Wyatt Oleff), an odd boy from down the road who occasionally sells weed to his cousin.
Life is awkward enough for Syd with all the usual high school bullshit. She get’s frustrated and angry. And when this happens, things get crazy. The power to move objects begins to manifest and Sydney begins to feel like she’s being followed, or maybe she’s the one following?
Stanley provides comic relief and becomes the only other person to share Sydney’s secret. As the series progresses her abilities grow stronger and harder to control. Episode seven comes to a climax with a truly ‘What the fuck!’ finale and a tantalising cliffhanger.
‘I’m Not Okay With This’ comes from the producers of ‘Stranger Things‘ and the director of ‘The End of the F***king World’. Set in present times there’s a retro feel to it which embraces the essence of Stranger Things with just a pinch of horror.
Episodes move along at a steady pace. There are only seven instalments in this first season, each timing in at around 20 to 30 minutes in length. ‘I’m Not Okay With This’ makes for perfect binge viewing.