Rob’s review published on Letterboxd:
Ok so I obviously heard how good this one is, but holy shit this ones pretty great. So I’m not sure if I’ve ever said it on here, but I’ve made the statement to people I know that 2019 was not a good year for film. I’m going to modify that statement by saying that the few great films from 2019 were absolutely spectacular. There might not have been a large number of greats, but there certainly existed some amazing stuff.
So now I call on Parasite as my proof of that claim. Parasite is a South Korean film directed by Bong Joon-ho, and it’s probably gonna be one a favorite film of mine if I watch it a few more times. This one did pretty much everything correctly and in a way that elevated it above many other 2019 films. That’s why I’m not surprised about it’s best picture nomination, and I hope it wins honestly.
The film kept me very invested all the way through, and I never felt like it was dragging at all. The story was very interesting, and it went in directions I wasn’t expecting. I actually didn’t really know much about this going in, because I avoided trailers. I think that’s probably the best way to do this one. I was constantly unsure of where it could go, and it was just the best way I could have experienced this.
The actors here were also incredible. Each one of them had their own different emotional appeal, and I started to feel connected to then. The main four really felt like a true family by the end, and I never got any other feelings about them. The characters here were all just very strong, and that’s because of the awesome performances. Very well done.
So now this leaves me wanting to see more from Bong Joon-ho, so I think I’ll be checking out Okja soon. But as far as this one goes, it’s not to be missed. Parasite is one of the best films I saw all year, and I’m rooting for a best picture win for this. I’m aware it’s probably not gonna happen though, just because it’s a foreign film.