Burning

Burning ★★★★★

Grade: MASTERPIECE

Burning, like all of Lee Chang-dong's work, rejects conventional genre tropes to the point where a viewer expecting a "thriller" or a "drama" might be left confused, wondering when the familiar beats will occur.

Forget what has been said about Burning, don't worry about the genre, or what the story is about. Simply watch the movie. Get lost in the cinematography, acting, and score, all of which are tuned perfectly with each other. Watch as Jongsu tries to find direction in the world and desperately tries to protect what little joy he has in his life. It is a struggle we all endure.

P.S. Two recommendations come to mind. For another unconventional "thriller", check out The Vanishing. For a movie with stunning character development rocked by violence, check out A Brighter Summer Day.

My Best Films of 2018 list has been updated.

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