Parasite ★★★★

Parasite is two sides of a cinematic coin; the first half is a rousing character-driven social satire, the second is an expertly directed social thriller. The first viewing I felt a little distanced from the second half because the character peelbacks stopped and it was all reaction to a heightened situation. On the second viewing, knowing where it’s going, what Bong Joon-ho achieves hits me harder. It’s two halves about the haves and have nots, two genres, and two viewings make the whole even more rewarding... even if it’s all a little too perfect for me to stand up and applaud (the whole elaborate plan goes off without a hitch and first sign of trouble dad says, “plans don’t work!”)

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