It’s Okay To Not Be Okay directed by Park Shin-woo evokes a sense of relief in being flawed and damaged. Unlike most shows that arrive on OTTs with unreal heroes and damsels-in-distress waiting to be saved, It’s Okay To Not Be Okay encourages you to stand up and save yourself on your own.
The show has a single season with 16 episodes which are one hour-long, making it the perfect comfort show to binge-watch when you are just not in the mood to shake off the blues. But, to make it easier for you to approach the show, here are some reasons why this is the most unforgettable and impactful k-dramas of 2020.
1. The Storytelling
K-dramas are known for their intricate and well-woven plot lines. They are beautifully constructed and the premise always seems unique. But, what is different in this series is the way the story is being told.
Moon Gang-tae is a caregiver at a psychiatric hospital whose older brother Moon Sang-tae is autistic in nature. Orphaned at a young age, Gang-tae has never thought for himself but others. Until antisocial children’s book writer Ko Moon-young walks into his life and he is forced to take care of her and also revisit the past.
The interesting fact in the storytelling is the use of anime-like structures and sketch scenes throughout the series to tell a parallel story of Gang-tae and Moon-young. Even the books that Moon-young writes is brought to life for the audience by animated clips of storytelling.
With artistic strokes defining the story within the story, it is something reminiscent of the way Zack Synder’s 2009 Watchmen was told.
2. Focus on Mental Health
It is rare to find a popular series dealing with topics as sensitive as mental health, rarer still to find them doing it right without hurting the feelings of the audience. It’s Okay To Not Be Okay does right with the entire spectrum of mental health disorders and trauma.
Moon-young’s character visibly suffers from an anti-social personality disorder but unlike most films and series that demonizes this particular disorder, It’s Okay To Not Be Okay portrays it with the right balance of good and bad that helps the character arc for Moon-young develop. The representation of autism is also remarkably done.
Most of the series takes place in the background of a psychiatric hospital, so the little nuanced representations of different types of mental illnesses by the supporting character are also beautifully portrayed.
3. The Phenomenal Cast
The efforts of the actors in It’s Okay To Not Be Okay are all sparkled across the screen from the very start.
Kim Soo-hyun as Moon Gang-tae is the kind, boy-next-door fitting perfectly into his role. Oh Jung-se as Moon Sang-tae is worthy of all the awards out there. In fact, actor Jung-se even mentioned having closely studied and been around autistic people to prepare for this role. Seo Yea-ji who plays Ko Moon-young is beautiful and equally brilliant.
Even the supporting cast that includes Kim Joo-hun, Park Jin-joo, Kim Chang-wan, Jang Young-nam and several others also bring out the best on screens.
4. The OST
The soundtrack for It’s Okay To Not Be Okay was executively written by music director Nam Hye-seung. It peaked the charts on its release and when you tune in to listen to the music, you clearly understand why. It is well written with lyrics that touch your soul and calms you down.
5. The Reality of Tragedy
Even though the series is listed and talked about the most as a romantic drama, it is the tragedy that makes it so humane and helps us connect to it on a deeper level.
The show does have its own set of big twists, turns and climaxes that we never see coming but beneath it, all is the tragedy, even the simplest ones that unite all the characters under the roof of companionship and love. It is the reality of the tragic moments present in the show that bridges the gap between the audience and the characters making them seem real.
It’s Okay To Not Be Okay: Final Thoughts
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It’s Okay To Not Be Okay did not just create a buzz due to its incredible performance but it also changed people and their lives. It is that one show which helps you understand trauma and how hope and will can help you overcome the most difficult moments of your lives. It is based on love and romance but above all, it is based on the experiences of underprivileged human beings.
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