Parasite Review


Joon-ho Bong has had quite a directorial career so far. He made one of the highest films in South Korea with The Host. Later on, he made an English language film with an all-star cast. Now, he’s directed a film that’s getting so much award recognition coming out of several big-name film festivals. But does Parasite live up to the hype?

Yes, it does. Not only is Parasite one of the best films of the year, but it may also be one of the best films of the decade. It’s that good.

Parasite follows the Ki-taeks, a poor, down on their luck family that is struggling to make ends meet. When the youngest son gets an opportunity to work for a wealthy family, he inadvertently starts a series of events that will bring down both families.

Parasite - Park So-dam and Choi Woo-sik

Parasite is not a film that you’ll see coming. It’s a bit difficult to describe the film because it’s so many things at the same time. On paper, the story may seem simple but there are a lot of complexities to the story. It requires repeated watches to see all of the signs in the film. It’s sophisticated in its design and it makes you feel smart at the end of the film. In other words, it’s like a Christopher Nolan film.

As long as the film is, it doesn’t feel like it. The film takes so many genres and mashes them up beautifully. This is where the story complexities come into play. There’s a darkly comedic tone that’ll make you attach yourself to these characters. These characters are naive (in their way) and that is what makes the film so funny. The Ki-taeks are so incredibly poor but they’re street smart. The Parks are incredibly rich but they’re gullible to everything happening around them. This parody of the two social classes adds to the fun as well.

But the film isn’t just a black comedy, Parasite is also a mystery thriller too. Weird, right? There’s a mystery aspect that’s subtly interwoven into the storyline. When it finally rears its ugly head, the mystery thriller will keep you on the edge of your seat. The tension exponentially grows as the film goes on and you can’t help but wonder what’s going to happen next. It’s like a cinematic page-turner.

Parasite - Choi Woo-sik, Lee Jeong-eun, and Jo Yeo-jeong

Yet the most miraculous thing about the film is that it makes you care about a lot of despicable people. Let me tell you, all of the main characters are despicable in their own right. Yet you see the reasoning behind their reprehensible behavior and it makes you understand why they are who they are. You sympathize with them because you know how hard life can get. As a result, the sympathy pulls you into liking these characters then the tension is what will make you fear for them.

Overall, Parasite is an absolute masterpiece. The film may be tough to describe but maybe you don’t need a description. The film is full of fun and crazy surprises. You’ll encounter so many feelings as you go through the film. With the last few months of the decade upon us, Parasite is a film that could potentially compete for the best film of the decade. No one would argue with that if someone did.

Rating: 5/5 atoms

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