Parasite ★★★★★

There are a lot of things that won't surprise Bong fans about this latest film: the God-level staging and camerawork, the crackerjack pace, even the fact that the narrative is full of surprises. But after SNOWPIERCER and OKJA, two things really struck me: the production design and acting. Both take a turn away from the excesses in those films, and in an unshowy way help ground the film in a way that I wouldn't have expected. What's maintained from SNOWPIERCER and OKJA is the social critique, which reaches, somehow, new levels of scathingness, without ever overpowering the actual story of the film. Bilge Ebiri has claimed this is Bong's greatest film; it may not be as pure of an adrenaline rush as THE HOST, or as immediately haunting as MEMORIES OF MURDER, but I'm not sure he's wrong.

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