I felt so many emotions watching Parasite and I’m dying to see it again. There is a reason you’ve heard so much about this film. Yes, it’s true some movies that receive a lot of hype end up not quite living up to it but in this case do not be afraid to believe the hype. It’s an original story with superb acting. I’ve never seen anything like it, one of the best films I’ve seen in years. Film fans this is not to be missed it’s phenomenal and will stay with you long after it has ended.
An unemployed family (the Kims) take a very keen interest in the wealthy and glamorous Parks family, quickly integrating themselves into their lives despite the stark contrast in social status. That’s all I’m going to say about the plot because the less you know about Parasite the better. It’s incredibly unexpected and does not play out the way you think it would at all. It gives you moments of extreme awkwardness and hilarity. There are times where you have to laugh just to release the ever building tension. It’s a comedy, drama and horror all rolled into one masterful movie. Bleak, violent, a dark and twisted story that will constantly keep you guessing.
Director and writer Bong Joon Ho has truly outdone himself with this masterpiece. Parasite is one of those rare films you can’t stop thinking about after you leave the cinema. It’s so profoundly disturbing and bizarre I’m still trying to process it. I understand not everyone takes the time to see subtitled films and to them I can only say you honestly don’t know what you’re missing. Foreign language films have the extra edge to them, and if you don’t believe me then just take the time to see The Host, The Raid or Pan’s Labyrinth. Very few foreign language films have the potential to finally break the record by winning a Best Picture Oscar but if anything can do it Parasite can.
Unpredictable and highly provocative, I cannot recommend this highly enough. If you only see one film this year let it be Parasite. What else do I need to say? Are you still reading this? Well stop, get yourself to a cinema and see it, you won’t be sorry.
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