Parasite ★★★★★

My second watch.
I walked into the theater and sat down. I was excited for my mom to see what had shifted two days ago from my most anticipated movie of the year to my favorite movie of the year, but I also felt relieved. Over the course of those two days, the days since I first watched Bong Joon-ho's masterful tragicomedy, I was unable to think about anything but the movie. So today, sitting in that dark theater, waiting for the movie to begin, knowing that I was going to see it again, I was overwhelmed with a sense of calm. And then the movie began. Every scene was even more exhilarating. Every performance was even more impressive. Every theme felt even more relevant. Every emotion hit even closer to home. Every detail, set-up, and pay-off felt even more perfectly executed. Everything - everything was even better the second time around. It feels like a movie that was made for me. I needed this movie to be as good as this, and Bong sure as hell delivered. I still can't fully handle this movie's existence, I can't believe it surpassed my astronomical expectations, and I can't justify giving it anything less than a perfect score. Well-played, Bong Joon-ho, and from the bottom of my heart, thank you.

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