Libby Caldwell’s review published on Letterboxd:
When I watched Okja I was immediately taken by just how new it seemed. From the very first scene it appeared to be something completely fresh.
Parasite takes a slightly different approach. It begins as relatively normal but builds into something that surprises you, and then does it again, and then again, and then a few more times for good measure.
If I was asked to, I don’t think I could describe what Parasite is about. Family and the class system are prominent themes but it is much more complex than that.
On a technical level it’s flawless. Everything from the camerawork, lighting, set design, acting and the script is on another level.
This is one of the most tense movies I’ve seen in a while. And I watched Psycho yesterday. This movie goes through every single emotion possible, it knows when to be funny, when to be heart-wrenching and when to be any of the other unique, complex mixes of emotion it manages to pull from nowhere, without ever feeling inauthentic or rushed.
There are many characters in Parasite, but it never becomes confusing or hard to keep track of them. All of them are perfectly developed and feel natural and real.
I loved the experience of watching this. My Dad and I were in the cinema alone and I kinda felt angry that no other people were getting to see it. I won’t be forgetting this in a hurry that’s for sure.