Parasite

Parasite ★★★

I hadn’t seen any of Bong Joon-ho’s other films, prior to this, so I was interested to see what kind of filmmaker, I was getting involved with. And while Parasite might not be the best movie I’ve seen all year, there’s still a lot to enjoy here. The entire cast is fantastic, from Choi Woo-shik as Ki-taek's son, Kim Ki-woo to Cho Yeo-jeong, as Dong-ik's wife, Choi Yeon-gyo. It’s certainly a visual feast for the eyes, as cinematographer Hong Kyung-pyon, collaborates with screenwriters Joon-ho and Han Jin-won to provide lots of social commentary throughout. However, most of it is subtle and will probably take you more than one viewing to understand it. I will say that one message I kind of understood, was that “Parasites” can come from anywhere, and that we are all trying to get ahead, regardless of our social status. There’s probably a lot that I didn’t quite understand, so I am interested to revisit and dissect it. Jeong Jae-il delivers a haunting score, that will terrify you, especially in the 2nd half of the film. Unfortunately, I felt the pacing drag on a bit, during that time and the plot conveniences were ABUNDANT. I know the Park family is supposed to be naive, but there’s no way any one can be that dumbfounded. The twist “incident” was very realistic though, and the movie also has some decent humor, too. In the end, Parasite isn’t an incredible movie, contrary to what critics have been saying, but I still liked it and will be giving this another watch soon. Your enjoyment may vary, however, if you’ve seen some of Bong Joon-ho’s other works.

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