Parasite

Parasite ★★★★★

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Parasite is the recent Best Picture winner directed by Bong Joon-Ho about a poor family that scams/uses fraud identity on a nice yet gullible rich family. I can clearly see why this won Best Picture as its story goes beyond from the cliche "Being someone your not" storyline as they never reveal their identity to the family nor feel strong guilt about it. The family in general is great because while their actions aren't good at all, you still care for them and get anxious whenever they get into a situation such as sneaking out of the house when the family is home. The family also while containing some greed still have the values of family first and work great as a group together.

The comedy had me laughing out loud a few times and the suspense had my heart pumping and wondering what's gonna happen next. Another thing I enjoyed was the production design where we get a full look at the house and explore all the potential with it as minor details feel like they tell their own story. I like some of the symbolism used with water such as the straight line between blood and water not mixing or the rock that meant great wealth to the family that always came to play. The subtitles didn't bother me at all (reading is good for you anyways) because the visuals alone told the story with great pacing.

If I had to complain about something, I thought the ending let the family get away a little too easy. I felt Ki-woo (Choi Woo-shik) figuring out his father, Ki-taek (Song Kang-ho) was hiding in the basement via morse code then writing letters that led to Ki-woo buying the house to reunite with his dad was a little too happy of an ending. I would've just left it off with Ki-Woo not knowing where his dad is and leave it to the audience's mind on what happened. Overall though, I really enjoyed this film and i'm glad to finally get the chance to watch it. Huge Congrats to Bon Joon-Ho, the cast, and the crew for a historical achievement in being the first non-english movie to win Best Picture!

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