Monday, June 22, 2020

5 Reasons Why 'It's Okay to Not be Okay' is Worth Watching

The Korean drama 'It's Okay to Not be Okay' started airing on Netflix this weekend, and I am already hooked! The minute I started watching the first episode, I knew this K-Drama was going to be different. And I knew that I would love it with all my heart and soul. And I already do... so far, anyway. Here's why.

5 Reasons Why 'It's Okay to Not be Okay' is Worth Watching

5. The direction is superb.

The director, Park Shin-woo, does an amazing job in this. From the direction in the animations to the direction in real-life situations, you'll definitely end up appreciating things more. Some of my favorite scenes were the road scenes, like Moon Kang-tae and Jo Jae-soo riding on a motorcycle at night, and Ko Mun-yeong driving to the countryside. Gorgeous!

4. The animation is beautiful.

This is the first thing that got me hooked. Aside from having a chibi Tim Burton vibe to it, the story of the opening animation really spoke to me. It's no secret that I suffer from mild schizophrenia; and, well, that short animation really spoke to me. The same goes for the stories in Mun-yeong's children's books. I love everything about them and wish they actually existed in real life. I would definitely hoard those books if given the chance!

3. They touch on sensitive issues.

'It's Okay to Not be Okay' doesn't just touch on autism in the form of Kang-tae's older brother, Moon Sang-tae, it also touches on other true-to-life issues. We see things from the point of view of Kang-tae, who loves his brother, but also struggles in other aspects of his life to be able to provide their needs. We also get a glimpse of Mun-yeong's backstory, which sort of explains why she is the way she is: cold, unapologetic, and borderline scary.

These are things that we don't talk about often for fear of being judged or even hated. If you are experiencing anything similar, this show will make you feel understood. And even if you aren't, you will walk away with the reminder to treat everybody with kindness because you have no idea what they may be going through in real life.

2. Kim Soo-hyun is in it.

Admit it. You missed him, his sad eyes, his adorable smile, and his kissable lips, too. There's something about closeups of Soo-hyun that really make me think, "Damn, I want him to kiss me." :p  And while he seems more mature after his stint in the military, he is still every bit as heavenly as I remember him to be. As usual, he makes us kilig from the very first episode and does things that make us wish we had an oppa like him handy whenever we need calming down.

And get this: 13 minutes into Episode 1 of 'It's Okay to Not be Okay', Netflix gives us an unforgettable slow-mo closeup shot of his abs. I backtracked twice. Not even gonna lie. :p

1. Seo Ye-ji is my new spirit queen.

Believe it or not, my number one reason to watch 'It's Okay to Not be Okay' isn't Soo-hyun; it's his leading lady, Seo Ye-ji. I. LOVE. EVERYTHING. ABOUT. HER. I love her elegant modern goth queen vibe - the way she dresses, the way she walks, the way she wraps her robe around her waist, the way her hair always looks perfect, the way she stares at sharp objects, the way she daydreams, the way she talks... EVERY. FREAKING. THING.

Most importantly, I love how she just chooses to be herself, fuck what everybody else thinks. Even when she was in public and there were a ton of people taking videos of what was happening, she stayed true to herself and stood up for what she believed was right, all the while maintaining an IDGAF air. Of course, in the real world, this isn't advisable because of the consequences; but it makes me wish that I could live the kind of life that she does in a way... not that extremely, of course.

So far, there are only two episodes of 'It's Okay to Not be Okay' on Netflix; but I am already hooked. There is absolutely nothing about it that I don't like so far, and I can't wait to see how the story develops.

Have you watched 'It's Okay to Not be Okay' yet? What did you think of the first two episodes?

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