Parasite ★★★★★


This is the first time in a long time I've walked into a movie knowing almost nothing about it. I avoided trailers, didn't read a single plot summary, and didn't read any reviews or articles about it. All I knew was that it was directed by Joon-ho Bong, it won the Palme d'Or, and that it has been basically universally beloved. And now I know why people told me to go in that way. And as a result, I recommend the same, which is why this review will be super brief and won't reveal a whole lot about the film. It is very difficult to talk about it without spoiling something (this film is all about details and plot points), so I want to wait until it has more opportunities to be seen.

What I will say for now is that it works so well primarily because it covers so many genres quite seamlessly. As a result, it delivers just about every emotional response one could want from a trip to the movies. It's the most direct and assured take on class this year, exploring how capitalism creates conflict between members the most disadvantaged more so than it does between upper and lower classes. It features a remarkable ensemble, with highlight performances from Kang-ho Song and So-dam Park. It features perhaps the best direction of the year. And lastly, it might just be a masterpiece.

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