Parasite ★★★★★

Parasite proves that Bong Joon-ho is incapable of making films that I don't absolutely love. Just like other of Bong's films, I have high hopes for this. However, I wasn't prepared for my sky-high expectations to be completely shattered.

Parasite is arguably the best film Bong has ever made in his career. His first true masterpiece.

It's devilishly smart, intricately structured, extremely entertaining, unpredictably shocking, absolutely insane, and wholly original. This is Bong Joon-ho working at the absolute peak of his power.

This is one of the best-written film I've seen in a long time. Not only it works as an effective social commentary, but also as an extremely entertaining thrill-ride. Very few writers can write characters like Bong, his characters feel like real human being, with complete personalities and mannerisms. Just about everything from how the characters talk, move, and act has been carefully thought out. But the biggest praise I can give to this film is how unpredictable it is, it keeps pulling rugs from underneath and completely subverts expectations with twists after twists that it's quite mind-blowing. Trust me, this is the level of screenwriting that most screenwriters wish they can achieve.

Bong's direction is once again pretty incredible. His direction of the camera has never been more masterful, even though this is one of the more conventionally shot film of his. What we all love about Bong is here, the ensemble staging, the dark humor, the unpredictable tone, and he seemlessly blends everything together perfectly.

Hong Kyung-pyo, who is one of the most exciting cinematographers working today once again does an incredible job working in limited locations and small confine spaces. This film really looks amazing.

Also, the entire cast does an outstanding job working on the already excellent material. Song Kang-ho continues to be an absolute legend, Choi Woo-shik and Park So-dam are also great.

Watching this in a packed theater with passionate crowd is really one of the best experiences I've ever had, everyone seems to be so into it, and it makes me very happy that we're supporting films like this.

Best film I've seen so far this year, and it's going to be hard to top.

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