Max Kearsley’s review published on Letterboxd:
In writing this review, I feel as though there aren’t really any words I can say that will do the magnificence of Bong Joon-Ho’s ‘Parasite’ any justice, but never the less I’ll say a few things in an attempt to convey just how spectacular this film really is.
From a direction and writing standpoint, Bong’s work here is an absolute marvel, with the film taking turn after turn as it delves deeper into its rich story, but managing to keep the audience guessing throughout its entire runtime. The shifts in tone within scenes, not only feel natural but also perfect for the scene they are in, with the film managing to be both hilarious, tragic and horrificly tense all in a matter of moments. The film’s social commentary and discussion of class divide, as well as many other things is not only done in a way that feels fresh, but also fascinating, and is constantly conveyed in such clever ways.
The characters don’t even feel like they’ve been solely written for a film. They feel like truley lived in people, with history behind them and previous experiences, and this sense of realism not only comes down to the great writing but superb performances from all the actors, with a shout out in particular going to Kang ho-Song who is spellbinding as the main family’s father. The moral grey areas that Bong Joon-Ho presents not only within his characters, but the wider themes of the narrative are brilliant, and allow for such interesting and engaging viewing, with audience perspective and opinion being altered constantly throughout as they are kept guessing as to what insanity may unfold on the screen next.
I won’t say too much more about ‘Parasite’, not only because I don’t think any more words would do its greatness justice, but also because this is a film where you should go in viewing it as blind to any information as possible. Trust me, you will have an incredible cinematic experience. Please watch this if you can, and go out of your way too. It is without a doubt the best film of 2019 so far, and I’d be suprised if anything tops it.
A genuine cinematic masterpiece.