Parasite ★★★★★

Parasite is one of the few films where, despite my best intentions, I went in with high expectations and yet somehow had them surpassed. This is easily my favorite film of the year and one of the best films to come out in the last decade.

Bong Joon-ho is creating film at his peak. Despite having some incredible works under his belt already his direction with Parasite is unparalleled. From the way scenes flow together to the way actors eat up the screen in such a consistently entertaining way is nothing short of perfection. I'm still baffled at just how well every aspect meshes so well here to create a film that had me on the edge of my seat for the entirety of its runtime. I was left speechless as the credits rolled. The editing is meticulous, with every cut feeling deliberate and precise. The cinematography is the best I've seen this year by far, and its one of the prettiest films I've seen in years. The set design, lighting, sense of spacial awareness all culminated to create picture perfect framing in every single shot.

The talent in front of the camera shines too, as Song Kang-Ho gives a career best performance alongside a supporting cast that all complement each other's performances to create one of the most memorable casts in recent memory. Each scene has such genuine thought put into each character choice that I never saw actors on screen, just people. They all have realistic motives, flaws, quirks, and unique traits that make each performance stand out in their own special way.

I've kept my review vague on story details on purpose, because this is one of those few films that I'd recommend watching with as little prior knowledge as possible. Heck, I didn't even know the genre going in. I just knew that Bong Joon-ho and Song Kang-Ho were attached and I was all in. Do yourself a favor and watch this film. Go as far out of your way as possible to do so. This was one of the best film watching experiences I've had in a very long time and I think that as time passes it will resonate with me even more. Parasite is a masterpiece that demands viewing, so enjoy it.

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