An actor struggles through auditions, workshops and living the typical life of someone who is dying to make it onto the screen. He pushes himself to the limit, and when things are starting to go wrong for him he can't take it on the chin anymore.
When Adam Rehmeier let us watch and review "Jonas", both me and Preston were surprised by how hard it was to watch at times even though nothing spectacular actually happens. That's the sort of feel I had with "OK, Good". This is the sort of movie I can watch in any mood and get completely swallowed by the life portrayed on screen. Most movies require a certain mood for me to fully appreciate them, but something extremely real, slow and that doesn't go for large things, can absord me in minutes. "OK, Good" did just that.
Paul Kaplan is a struggling actor. He's a good actor, but he's still trying to get good enough for a job. By going to a number of auditions and several actor workshops he proves to himself that he's actually not that bad. But before luck hits him, he finds himself bothered by small problems in life such as the photo copy place being completely arrogant about his order. Little by little, things get into his head and it starts to show in his acting. He stumbles on and forgets his lines, and his secure actor persona seems to be far away. Paul can't take it anymore, and he snaps.
What I love about "OK, Good" is that we expected an actor's downfall, but we don't know how or when it will show. The movie wouldn't have worked a great as it did had Paul became a serial killer or something extreme like that (which many movies would). What's so captivating is that everyone will feel what Paul feels, and we would most likely react how he reacts. The last 10 minutes or so are really powerful without ever losing touch with its realism, and I saw myself in what happens. It's very likely I would lose it in a similar fashion as Paul, and that terrifies me a bit.
Hugo Armstrong is amazing as Paul. When an actor can play an insecure person acting secure, then I think they deserve your respect. There isn't a second in "OK, Good" where I'm not completely soaked into the lonely existence of Paul Kaplan. He's a lovable guy, but it doesn't take long before we can see his flaws and insecurities. That's why it's so easy to relate to him, because he's never unreal. The performance is outstanding, and that's important when the movie is literally boring visually, has little plot, and basically only follows a person's life for 79 minutes. Hugo Armstrong makes the movie everything it is. He makes it seem real.
"OK, Good" might bore some, but anyone who lets it into their mind will be rewarded. Not a lot happens, but that's the beauty of depicting a realistic fall of a man. It'd be wrong had he turned into a psycho, but turning into a self-destructive loser without any control of himself? Yeah, I buy that. It's just a great, simple and devastating movie that I hope some of you will seek out.