“Parasite” is one of the most well-crafted and most unique films I think I’ve ever seen.
What can I say about this film that hasn’t been said before?
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Its director, Bong Joon-Ho, won an Oscar for Best Director and Best Original Screenplay, and it was the first ever foreign language film to win Best Picture at the Oscars.
Before I discuss this film, let’s talk about the director Bong Joon-Ho and some of his other work.
“Parasite” is Bong Joon-Ho’s seventh feature film and one of his movies is an American feature, “Snowpiercer,” which you may have heard of because it stars Captain America himself, Chris Evans.
After watching “Parasite,” I will definitely be watching “Snowpiercer” now.
Parasite is a South Korean film that stars Kang-ho Song, Woo-Sik Choi, and So-dam Park.
The movie is about how a lower-class South Korean family cons their way into working for a wealthy family.
I encourage you to watch this movie for yourself.
It is a well-done depiction of classism.
The beginning of the film sets it up amazingly with the Kim Family struggling for money, living in a sub-basement.
This is a juxtaposed to the Park Family, a wealthier family, living in a mansion, visually showing the difference between the lower and upper class.
The set design works in tandem with this.
Even the cinematography shows this; it can change to be a claustrophobic frame but switch to a wide frame depending on the location of a scene.
The writing is well done, and the acting is well done.
You care about the characters and what will happen to them.
The characterization with the Park family being wealthy isn’t the cliché rich family looking down on the lower class and treating lower class people like dirt.
The film has dark humor, drama, and will even become a thriller at some points.
For me, my heart was racing when high-tension scenes were happening.
Bong Joon-Ho is a master at balancing different tones in “Parasite”.
The start of this movie is comedic and in the second half of the movie, the tone changes in the blink of an eye. However, it feels natural.
The narrative flows well. You may think by the title the movie is a horror film; this isn’t the case.
The story is a full arch for the two families, and it feels like a journey.
To talk about the editing, it has excellent flow with the story and with the cinematography; it’s some of the best visual storytelling I’ve seen in while.
Film students and anyone that loves film will love this.
The score is good, and some scenes don’t have anything playing so you can feel the raw impact of what is happening.
I wish I could go more in-depth with this review, but I don’t want to give spoilers and ruin anyone’s experience.
For me, I’m glad I didn’t know much about the film until I sat down and watched it. If you can watch this in a theater, you get the best experience.
If you can’t, you can rent it on Amazon Prime and other streaming services.
I’m looking forward to watching this again to catch things I didn’t notice the first time.
I highly recommend this film to anyone who wants a good character and human-driven story and wants to watch something new.
Please don’t let the subtitles turn you off from watching “Parasite”.
I was intimidated at first, however after five minutes it became second nature reading them.
And I was invested in the story and its characters.
Give this film a chance, and you’ll enjoy it. I give this movie 5 out of 5 stars.