Parasite ★★★★★

Bong Joon-ho's satirical black comedy thriller is an ingeniously well-crafted film that has a dim view of contemporary society and an unconventional approach in its atmospherics. It warrants the praise it's received including winning the Palme d'Or at the 72nd annual Cannes Film Festival as well as being selected as the South Korean admission for the best international film at the 92nd Academy Awards.

It's genuinely comical one moment then tense and terrifying in the next; all the while maintaining plenty to say regarding capitalism and class conflict. It's narrative pivots on displacement and trying to assign fault to individual characters proves to be an ineffectual undertaking, as everyone is partially guilty. It certainly demonstrates that to move up in the world requires someone else to be brought down and that it's the system above all that is at fault. Parasite is an incredibly captivating movie and unquestionably one of the films of the year.

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