This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
cleo’s review published on Letterboxd:
This review may contain spoilers.
this really is that fucking good.
bong joon-ho really shook up the entire film industry right at the end of the decade, and the 2020s will be a revolutionary decade for film; mark my words. this film will go on to be one of the most influential and important films of all time, and for good reason. this film is deserving of the tremendous amounts of praise it's receiving. simply put, it's among the most stunning pieces of cinema I've ever seen. it bends genres with ease, allowing the film to breathe in areas a film normally would not. parasite is not just a film. it is a critique of the mindset of modern classism that plagues the world. every technical aspect is handled flawlessly. but, more importantly, the film stands up incredibly when looked at through a personal lens, as well. it's beautiful, it's tragic, and more than anything, it's achingly, soul-crushingly, real. it's unfortunately real, even. something so awful shouldn't be so real. something so awful should only exist in the movies. but, that's not how that the world works. the world is an ugly place and bong joon-ho knows what the plague is, but it seems that there's no cure. there'll always be someone in the basement, be it a homeless man or a father and husband turned killer. and there'll always be a resident of that big house, be it wealthy koreans or wealthy germans. it's all the same. and people moving up from the basement will always bring with them a smell that the ones above will not be able to stand. because at the end of the day, they will deem their petty needs more important than the life of those who they employ.