ashleigh!’s review published on Letterboxd:
The first time I watched this, I knew it was something special. It was like nothing I had ever seen before, and as I’m making my way through Bong’s filmography, I realized that’s just a common reaction to his movies. No matter genre he makes a film within, he does something brand new with it. He’s truly a treasure.
Watching this film slowly explode into something so monumental has been insane, and it makes me so happy to see. The more I see this, the more I find to love. I was constantly juggling between this and the lighthouse as favorites for 2019, but ultimately decided that nothing can beat this for me. Lighthouse comes close, but it doesn’t reach the level of great that this is to me. So darkly funny, thrilling, and even a bit terrifying. Truly deserving of the best picture prize, I’m glad that more people will probably see it because of that. Those that are mad simply that it’s a film in Korean truly don’t know what they’re missing. It didn’t win because it’s in another language. It won because it’s the film of the year.