Mel’s review published on Letterboxd:
Words cannot describe the sheer brilliance of Parasite. It is so rare to come across a film that is so perfectly acted, directed, shot, paced, edited, and written, that there is not a single dull moment for the entire runtime. Not only does Parasite raise the bar, it destroys it.
Where do I even start? The performances are all spot-on. The film feels so grounded and real, and yet there is a distinct surreal quality about it— I chalk this up to the sheer magic that can be accomplished when Bong-Joon Ho is at the helm. As such, every performance is memorable, and yet it is hard to describe what makes them so other than that they are... real. The physicality and emotional range required for these roles must have been immense, and I applaud every single actor for their skill.
There are few movies which manage to balance comedy and drama well. The ones that do, however, always end up being my favorites. Parasite manages to do this in spades, while hitting the most extreme comedic highs and lows of the decade. It sounds cliche, but I do not exaggerate when I say Parasite is an emotional rollercoaster. The highs are high, the lows are low, and the inbetweens still manage to be wildly satisfying.
I don’t even think I can say anymore, for fear of spoiling the vast audience that hasn’t had the opportunity to see it yet. Please go see this film. See it twice. See it three times. Take your friends and family to go see it. Not only will you not regret it, you’ll be thankful for the rest of your life that you got to experience it for the first time.