Parasite (CIFF 2019)

You only have to say the words “directed by Bong Joon-ho” to get me interested in a film, and Parasite is a reminder of exactly why that is. A mixture of a black comedy, thriller, and social drama about class disparity, the film is engaging from start to finish, easily justifies its 130-minute running time, and is, at least at this point, one of the best movies of the year. In a couple of months’ time, you’re likely going to be able to remove the contextualization from the start of that quote and be left with “one of the best movies of the year.” If it’s topped by many, it’ll be a shock.

What’s it about? Two families, both on different ends of the wealth gap. One, the Kim family, gets by with odd jobs here and there and, when in dire straits, scamming their way into a paycheck. The other, the Park family, is rich beyond measure. After a chance recommendation, the son of the Kim family, Ki-woo (Choi Woo-shik), is hired by the Parks to tutor their daughter. But after several “coincidences,” the whole Kim family winds up under their employ—not as a family, but as four “strangers.” It’s a con job. That’s only half the fun; the rest would be spoiling.

You can probably already see how the situation presented above would allow for ample opportunity at social commentary. And Parasite‘s got that, although it doesn’t hammer it over your head; it instead uses its characters to showcase the way its themes impact their lives. The acting is fantastic, the comedy is on-point, it has several twists and turns that keep you on your feet, and the whole experience is wonderful.

Conclusion: Parasite is a fantastic blend of black comedy, thrills, and social drama.

Recommendation: If you like movies, watch Parasite.

  • 9/10
    Rating - 9/10

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