Parasite ★★★½

Despite being my favorite of Bong Joon-ho's work by a large margin, it doesn't look like I'm going to be in the camp hailing this as one of the best films of the year. For a long time I was really loving it; the first act in particular reminded me of the intricate narrative and character dynamics of The Handmaiden, which is similarly con artist-adjacent, but there's no denying how completely unsatisfying I find the final 20 minutes. Probably deserves a spoiler review to go into detail about my specific issues with the climax/resolution (though I have other reservations as well) and I'm determined to give it a second watch by the end of the year anyway.

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