Rewatched Mar 08, 2012
Rob Simpson’s review:
People expecting a big loud, brash monster movie will be hugely disappointed. Joon Ho-Bong's film is more than that, it is better than that. There are many reasons why this is my favourite Korean movie and one of my favourite full stop.
From a basic set-up we are given a satire of just about everything in Korean life, a moving drama, horror scenarios (not the monster but people, people are the true monster) and some very funny moments. It's pretty much perfect; doing everything I want from a movie. This is helped in no small part by yet another superb performance from the best actor no-one has heard of in Kang Ho Song.
The Host is a triumphant example that extols the huge and varied virtues of the Korean new wave.The only negative, come next year I am going to have to describe it as The ‘Korean’ Host as one of Stephanie Myer’s ‘novels’ is getting adapted under the same name. It’s the Thing all over again, that has now become The Thing 1982. Oh, and maybe it is too long at two hours, but hell, when you have as much fun as I do with this film, does it really matter how long it is?