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Matthew B. Demented’s review published on Letterboxd:
This review may contain spoilers.
As soon as I saw the Blu-Ray in my local Wal-Mart, I just had to get it.
Three of the best scenes of 2019, and the 2010’s in general: the removal of Moon-gwang, the reveal of the bunker, and that goddamn ending. I absolutely love this film.
The only semi-redeeming characters are, ironically, the rich family, the Parks. They’re morally corrupt but they’re the only characters who don’t do anything legally wrong. They don’t illegally hide anyone in the secret bunker of a house nor commit fraud by infiltrating the family’s care.
Until, they start to complain about the smell. The way Mr. Park reacts to Guen-sae’s stench and Ki-taek’s reaction to that says it all. The only thing Mr. Park cares about is his family, and that’s totally understandable. But Ki-taek’s daughter, Ki-jeong, was just stabbed and Mr. Park’s total lack of empathy for her, and the lower class in general, and his reaction to the smell set Ki-taek off in a rage. It’s completely understandable and yet totally not understandable. It’s perfect.
I love how as soon as the Kim family get used to the lavish house and lifestyle, they have no empathy for other poor people and their plights, especially when Choong-sook appears unsympathetic to Moon-gwang and threatens to call the police. A situation that was their reality is now so completely foreign to them.
Immediately after finishing it a second time, I was ready to watch it a third time.
The Lighthouse is my personal favorite film of 2019, but Parasite is the film 2019 will be remembered for. It’s completely flawless. A great movie.