The life of an actor can be a long, tedious journey; filled with disappointment and seemingly endless auditions. Ok, Good follows the cyclical and mundane life of aspiring actor Paul Kaplan. The entire film consists of clips that display his daily routine. We can see tension building until finally Paul has a complete mental break. We experience a glimpse of depression and the plight of aspiring American actors.
Cinematically, the use of diegetic sounds as cues for transitions is exceptional, especially when paired with the the intense close ups this movie uses. The intense focus on the mundane emphasizes much about the mental instability of the main actor. A slow build leads to an intense realization with a surprise ending that is worthy of all the praise it has received. The depiction of mental states is strikingly elegant
Intense, honest and top notch acting, everything I love to see in a film. And also a great reminder of the promise I made to myself after watching "Out 1": always stay at a safe distance from physical movement workshops.
Wow - a borderline obsessive compulsive alone in a big city using self-improvement recordings while attempting to score acting jobs and attending gestalt therapy classes finally flips with literally devastating results. Long shots, still camera work and minimal dialogue add to the intensity of our protagonist's decline and implosion. So realistic it is scary.
The alternation of screentests, acting class and real life is as funny as it is painful and therefore fascinating. BUT if you don't know how to end a film, don't make it or at least don't make it last FOREVER and then ruin the end by going OVER over the top.