Parasite ★★★★

Masterfully made, insofar as it's superficially gripping from one moment to the next, but it's filled with characters that barely exhibit any plausible psychology. In retrospect, it mostly made me appreciate Peele's messy but angry Us more, since that film had galvanizing moments of direct confrontation that don't really exist here. Whereas Peele shifts his genre elements into sinister focus, sometimes overstepping, here the scheme holds our attention not becauses it corrects an injustice, but rather because it's clever and because Bong never met a plot twist that he didn't like. Despite my fundamental issues with Parasite, though, it is such a feat of direction that once I focused on craft, I couldn't help but admire it.