fatpie42’s review published on Letterboxd:
What really helped me to appreciate this film was rewatching Joon-Ho's other film "Mother". There are so many parallels. I had never realised how closely connected these two films are before.
I have always liked how Joon-Ho balances the darker elements of his films with more comedic elements without it appearing goofy or mismatched. Here I don't think that is quite so successful. The pure silliness of the scene where the mentally disabled suspect is mistreated feels inappropriate.
Still, in the second half, with the expert from the city trying to convince the rural police of his more scientific methods, the tone of the film becomes rather more exciting.
I liked the unexpected resolution to the case, but I found the very final scene puzzling. There's clearly an intentional ambiguity involved but I do not understand the purpose of it (beyond perhaps just a sense of despair).
I don't feel like "Memories of Murder" matches the quality of Joon-Ho's later work, but even so, it's still a very impressive crime thriller.
My full review is here: