Jacques’s review published on Letterboxd:
I can’t even make a We Live in a Society joke because we truly fuckin do. The trappings of hope and aspiration in relation to class and economic mobility as portrayed in this film are immensely heartbreaking, as is the ensuing consequential downfall of wanting to achieve that sought after lifestyle that comes promised with such mobility, and wanting to achieve it so badly with every fibre of your being, and not stopping until you’re either dead, in jail or in a state of utter and complete emptiness, sitting idly as the years go by waiting to be somehow rescued from what seems like hell, slowly but surely losing that hope and aspiration that got you into that excruciatingly mind-numbing position in the first place. The whole world, including yourself, has failed you, and you have no choice but to deal with it, no matter how hard you try fighting the current throughout your lifetime. You will end up getting dragged into that putrid sewage water heading off to nowhere along with your family and along with everyone else who had been sucked into the idealistic world of hope and aspirations, this being the only true mobility achieved. It’s the hope that kills you.
Wealth disparity varies from country to country, but it’s safe to say it’s an underlying and overarching problem anywhere and everywhere on earth; First World, Third World and everything in between. Much like this film, it’s transcendent as can possibly be, affecting millions. And you can try climbing the ladder all you want, but 9 times out of 10, you’ll always end up finding yourself stuck in a basement, fighting everyone else to get one step further, yet still being unable to ever escape for reasons simply not under your control. It’s a sad reality, but a reality nonetheless. A reality we constantly live with day in day out.
It’s a fantastic movie, with fantastic acting, fantastic directing, fantastic drama, fantastic comedy, fantastic social commentary, and fantastic tragedy. But all of it heartbreaking. Simply put, juxtaposing the beginning and ending portion of this movie, as succinct as possible, Parasite is nothing but a fantastic tragicomedy, with the utmost of fantastic fantasy lingering in the wake of it’s destruction, as showcased in the brutal closing moments of this movie. Where there’s hope, there’s suffering. But still hope, as fantastical as it may be.