Angelo Clausner’s review published on Letterboxd:
Act like you own the place
Once in a blue moon comes a “best of the decade” film. While many may have differing opinions as to the type of film that matches this title, these films grow to be undisputed classics in cinema as a whole.
One such movie was only released last year. It’s Parasite (2019), a film that practically swept the Oscar floor on award night. It’s almost mind-boggling to think that many may skip this movie, thinking it’s just a plain, non action-packed film from what they see in a simple trailer, or one paragraph review in newspapers and magazines. These people should, in my view, take the time to fully appreciate this masterpiece of film and take it as just that. But, don’t let the movie’s title fool you. It’s not just scary. It’s thrilling as a modern film could be.
Directed by the masterful Bong Joon Ho, this film will make you rethink EVERYTHING you previously knew about how cinematic works could be created and, frankly, life itself. This is the movie in which greed and class discrimination collide and threaten the lives of a newly formed symbiotic relationship between a family and a destitute clan. The film covers a wide range of genres in 2 hours. To be honest, I’ve never in my life seen a film that covers as much ground in terms of emotion, mood and the aforementioned genres as Parasite does. The director, using these genres to great advantage, is marvelously fantastic at all of them. From comedy and mystery to a thrilling, crime-driven romance, this film, needless to say, has it all. However, while being such a compacted film, it never loses an audience nor is negative towards them. Bong Joon Ho wants the viewer to catch, if they can, the numerous hidden details that help them better understand the film’s message and layered plot line. With that being said, there’s no reason why this film shouldn’t have a high rewatch-ability factor to it.
Surrounding this thoroughly entertaining film are a stunning screenplay, unbeatable cinematography, striking suspense, and a boatload of great performances by actors such as Kang-ho Song, Sun-kyun Lee, Woo-sik Choi, and the ever so talented Yeo-jeong Jo. This is just the tip of the iceberg.
Tearjerking to a breathtaking degree, one’s life, it’s safe to say, will forever be changed by this single film, as it was for me.
To say you’ve seen Parasite is to say you’ve seen one of the greatest films of the present generation of cinema.