Parasite ★★★★½

It’s clear to me from the Korean cinema I’ve had the pleasure of watching that there is a real interest in telling stories that revolve around social classes and the tensions that lie there when they collide. Parasite was able to find some compelling, unique pain, urgency, and humor in that dynamic unlike anything I’ve seen before.

I was immediately drawn to this family that clearly come from a place without the means of their upper-class counterparts they stumble upon later on, but they use their cunning and wit to connive themselves into a better position. I especially love the use of technology as an accessible, invaluable tool they have at their disposal to aid in their scheming. Truly it is so interesting to see a less fortunate family being portrayed and intelligent and resourceful instead of self-pitying and depressed. They are the anti-heros, and they play those roles with grace.

The wealthy family on the other hand is shown to be naive, trusting and a bit out-of-touch with reality. Seeing them fall for trick after trick playing out blatantly in front of their faces makes for a suspenseful viewing, but also hilarious relief.

What I wasn’t expecting was for this film to take the turn it did into the real darkness. I won’t spoil it for anyone reading this review, so I’ll be vague but it’s clear that Bong Joon Ho too extra care that the darkness works just as well as the light. That took it over the top for me.

4.5/5 Watch this film if you’re in the mood for many genres at once, being done masterfully

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