Not Okay REVIEW - More than Okay
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Not Okay REVIEW – More than Okay

Not Okay REVIEW – More than Okay

Not Okay follows the protagonist Danni Sanders (Zoey Deutch), who tries to make it in writing. Depravity is her workplace, which is similar to Buzzfeed and Refinery29. She has yet to produce anything that impresses her boss. Perhaps she is insular and shallow. She even claims to have FOMO over 9/11. She lives alone. She has no friends at work, and her only companion outside work is her adorable guinea. After an argument with a coworker she is in love with (played with great skill by Dylan O’Brien), she decides to invent a Paris-based writers retreat and pretend to be there.

This facade is very convincing, thanks to her amazing photoshop skills and her phone. What was meant to be a harmless way for her crush to impress takes a dangerous turn when Paris is bombed. A flood of messages comes in from her coworkers, her family, and even her crush, Colin. Danni posted a photo of herself at Arc de Triomphe. This was the site that was hit by the bombings. Danni feels too ashamed to admit her guilt, so she lies even more and claims to have been near the bombing site.

It’s not fun to be at the centre of a tragedy, even if you’ve been through one. But for Danni, it’s a dream. She’s not invisible to anyone, her family, friends, and even Colin are paying more attention. She realizes she cannot write from her perspective about the incident because she has never experienced it. She conducts her research and can land her in a support group of survivors. She meets Rowan (Mia Isaac), a survivor of a school shooting who is now a symbol of anti-gun violence.

We all know that Danni will attempt to befriend Rowan to steal her fame and influence when she sees Rowan’s followers. The film is critical of influencer culture and its performative nature. Dani doesn’t care much about gun violence. She’s just a part of Rowan’s circle to be close to her. We can relate to Danni despite all the horrible things she does. It is Zoey Deutch’s amazing acting that makes it possible. We see Danni’s struggles, but we also learn that she relied on social media for her needs. There are clear parallels between Danni’s story and other celebrities who had to apologize on social media for their terrible actions. I found it great to use a notes app as an apology. It was also a good laugh.

The movie is a good representation of the contrast between Rowan and Danni. Both have their platforms, but only one uses them for meaningful purposes. Rowan doesn’t care about fame or following; she wants to survive. Mia Isaac is a powerful young actress who does a great job of conveying Rowan’s anger, trauma, and loneliness. Her spoken word performances will touch even the most indifferent viewers.

The narrative isn’t as complex as you might think. It does not take the hard way regarding social media and tragedies. The movie is also too compassionate with Danni, making exploring darker areas difficult.

Not Okay can’t resist the temptation to be formulaic. This makes it one of the best movies streaming on Netflix this year.

Not Okay REVIEW – More than Okay
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