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Jaeden Phillips’s review published on Letterboxd:
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Man, I cannot believe how much better Parasite got on rewatch. This film is cinematic gold and I can't get enough of it. I just want to get the Blu Ray asap so I can rewatch it multiple times yearly until I break it from overuse.
The script is impeccable. I don't know how long this took to create and with how many drafts, but damn this is one tight screenplay. Everything shown has purpose and meaning. There are so many clever plantings and payoffs throughout and I had a stupid big grin on my face finding them. Watching this with a friend who went in 100% blind made this 10x better knowing that he was subconsciously taking in subtle hints for great payoffs later. There's the obvious ones like the rock but the panties/drug setup is amazing and the Morse Code one at the end ties everything up in a neat little bow. I could spend a while listing everything I found but the fact that there are so many satisfying connections in the script make it so much better than anything else I've seen this year.
Also, I'm still in disbelief that the house is a set. Like, how? This feels like an actual house that Bong found and wrote a story around, it's that perfect to the look and feel of the film. It feels like a legitimate house, like a lived in space occupied by real people. Incredible work was done by everyone involved in its creation, and credit should be given as well to Bong and his DP for creating a set around specific camera movements. The way the camera moves throughout the house is wonderful. Every motion has purpose, every angle meticulously crafted to help enhance the story. It's nothing short of mastery.
The editing is great too, from the pages of a textbook cutting to a wallet or the camera sinking underwater but then morphing into a birds eye view of the flood. It's such a seamlessly cut film and its flow is so organically fluid I can't help but gush over it. The acting is amazing too, I just got so lost in the characters that I never saw acting. Kudos to all the actors, and Bong Joon-Ho as well for doing such a fine job here. His direction is top notch. He so effectively morphs multiple genre tropes into something uniquely his own and makes it work. Theres elements of comedy, thriller (he took Hitchcock's bomb under table concept to its peak with the camping/sex scene. Pure gold.) and more but they seamlessly intertwine.
Parasite is a film that gives me hope for the future of cinema. It makes me hopeful that more original, creative films will release from passionate filmmakers with a vision that will delight audiences worldwide. Corporate greed from the likes of Disney will never cease, but at least every now and then a gem like this comes along to ease the pain. Films like Parasite make me want to be a better filmmaker, to push myself to write and shoot with more purpose, with more of a spark in my heart. I haven't felt this inspired or entertained in ages. I was grinning throughout even though I knew what was coming, and I still found myself audibly laughing at visual gags and emotionally vested in the characters in the climax. Few films can do that to me on rewatch. I'm just going to go ahead and say it, Parasite is one of the best movies ever made, and it's one of my favorites. It's got flawless direction, acting, editing, cinematography, dialogue, etc. I'm in love with Parasite and I'm so lucky to have seen it on the big screen twice now. Well done Bong Joon-Ho, well freaking done.