Parasite ★★★★★

Like yesterday’s film, Parasite was a film I unfortunately missed at the cinema. I was very excited to finally be able to see it because I am a massive fan of Bong Joon-ho’s films, especially Mother and Snowpiercer. 

Parasite follows a poor family as they slowly and methodically infiltrate the home of a rich family. 

This film completely deserves all the awards it won. The story was compelling, tense and thoroughly unpredictable. It also unravels brilliantly, with a fantastic scene in the middle that changes the entire tone of the film. It’s climax is amazing and was perfectly set up. 

The whole cast are incredible. Song Kang-ho, Choi Woo-shik, Jang Hye-Jin and Park So-dam are superb as the Kim family. Lee Sun-kyun, Cho Yeo-jeong, Jung Ji-so and Jung Hyeon-jun are also terrific as the Park family. Lee Jung-eun and Park Myung-boon provide excellent support. 

Bong Joon-ho’s visual style has always been impressive but with this, he’s really outdone himself. The cinematography quietly builds this ridiculously unsettling atmosphere. It’s main location, a gorgeous modern day house, becomes some really menacing. 

Final thought: It’s going to be a while before I get this out of my head.

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