Parasite ★★★★★

TIFF 2019 Film #2: Special Presentations (Canadian Premiere)

Alongside names like Park Chan-wook, Lee Chang-dong, or Kim Jee-woon, Bong Joon-ho is one among the most widely recognizable of South Korea’s own auteurs but his own approach to genre cinema is every bit as distinguishable from the rest. With his willingness to flourish in black comedy, there’s no doubt that Bong Joon-ho can create some of the most entertaining films of his kind. With his newest film, Bong Joon-ho goes a whole other route and creates a social satire unlike any other – one that beautifully mixes elements of mystery, thriller, comedy in a matter that’s almost unfathomable in Parasite. It’s a film of an indescribable beauty, but for every moment that surprises its own viewers there’s also something more meaningful to be found on the inside. Like all of Bong Joon-ho’s movies, it only promises more and more as it finds ways to feed your expectations and to say that all of them are met with Parasite is a mere understatement, it’s a film that creeps up on you slowly and transforms so much more than what you’re seeing on the surface.

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