Logan’s review published on Letterboxd:
Parasite is Bong Joon-ho's masterpiece. It's a monumental achievement of film that's far and away my new favorite film of the year, and I really don't see it being topped quite honestly.
It's got everything. It's fun, it's dramatic, it's nail-bitingly thrilling, it's hilarious, it's heartbreaking, it's beautiful, it's horrifying. It does it all, and it does it all with such ease and style.
It's this haunting, brilliant tale exploring the divide between social classes, and it conveys that in such a fucking brilliant way, which I won't even dare spoil or hint at. But it just takes a look into the minds, the worries, the priorities, the lifestyles of both the absolute highest class families and the rock bottom of lowest class families. They way they echo each other, and the comments the film has on these class divides are phenominally well conveyed.
It's also this deep web of lies and deceit, the age old expression "fake it till you make it" is maybe the perfect quote to summarise this movie with. Seeing the characters continue these lies and these tricks is fun in its own right, there's a portion of this movie that's an incredibly fun movie that's dripping with sarcastic, dark humour.
But as conflict inevitably arises, HOLY SHIT! This movie delivers on the heart racing, gut wrenching suspense that could rival most horror movies for the tension it builds. There were moments in here I wanted to crack up laughing, and moments where I felt I was physically about to puke from how much literal gut wrenching suspense is built.
That's the phenominal part of this movie. It dips it's toe into so many genres, and every single one it pulls of with absolute perfection. It's comedy, it's drama, it's thrills, they're all immaculate. Bong Joon-ho is just flexing with this movie how much control he has behind the camera. Every scene is so intresting, wether it be from the great writing, to the way he directs his actors, to the choices in editing, sound, shot composition, it's all perfect.
The performances are phenominal. Everyone's great. Both families have such a clear dynamic that's brought to life by the cast. The standout for me was Song Kang-ho as Kim Ki-taek, he did a phenominal job and he gets so many fantastic scenes and fantastic moments in here. However, they're all great here.
While I don't want to directly allude to any of the metaphors, the symbolism, the plot details, for fear of spoilers (there is a lot there, and a lot to dissect however) I'll say the visual contrast between the locations in this movie is great. The production design was incredible, the dingey, gross, semi-basement contrasted with the sleek, modern, spotless upper class home speaks volumes for the films thematic depth.
As I said, this is Bong Joon-ho's masterpiece for sure, it's absolutely phenomenal stuff, and will probably end up being my favorite film of the entire year. Believe the hype on this one, it's jawdropping stuff.
The campaign for Bong Joon-ho's Best Director Oscar begins now