Once you watch it, you see what the hubbub was all about. It won the Oscar for Best Picture after all. Bong Joon-Ho’s most recent film Parasite has captured audiences from all over the world, and since its 2019 release people still can’t stop talking about it.
The premise: Through a connection with a family friend, the poor penniless Kim family cons their way into the affluent Park family household, with major consequences.
This film is definitely one that exceeds expectations. Whatever you think is going to happen during the first 30 minutes of the film, trust me, it’s wrong. There is so much grit in the way the film is shot and written. The writing makes the characters so relatable and likable. You absolutely know that the Kim family is weaseling into the Park family’s lives unfairly but you root for them anyway. And in its classy, aesthetically pleasing filming, the film draws you in completely. This film tells a lot about classist systems in society, and how the people who usually have less money have more awareness and sometimes more intelligence than those with affluence. Book smarts and street smarts combine into a brilliant con that seems just too good to be true, and in fact it is. The twists and common motifs of secrecy and darkness hid themselves in the likability of the film, but they come to light so drastically that you as a viewer doesn’t really know what to do with yourself. I found myself with my jaw on the floor holding in a gasp for the last 20 minutes and while the credits rolled. But not only does Parasite bring the drama, it’s actually really funny too. The Kim family’s approach to life is just too relatable that you’ll find yourself going “oof, I feel that”. Their hilarity in conning the Park family contrasted with the eerie but not scary feel of the film is a damn near perfect balance that will keep you entertained for sure. Don’t just take my word for it, seriously go watch it for yourself. You can rent it on Amazon, Youtube, and Google Play Movies for less than $5. Have a movie night with friends and nerd out about this film together.
Rating: 10/10 If I could give more, I would.