Memories of Murder ★★★★★

I know how this looks. It seems pretty mindless to give Bong Joon-ho a 5 star review in the year 2021. Despite that, I really liked this movie.
The cinematography is great. I initially wrote insane, but it's quite the opposite. Every shot is beautifully composed and still manages to feel natural even in the face of intense color grading. I don't speak Korean, so I can't really speak to the writing of the film, however the slow trickle of administrative issues and societal apathy builds up beautifully. By the end you are just as frustrated as the characters. This is best expressed through our protagonist, portrayed by Song Kang-ho in his first collaboration with Bong Joon-ho. If you haven't seen a wave of cool numbness wash of Song's face, have you really watched a Bong Joon-ho joint?
A lot what people enjoy about Bong's later films is present in this film as well: filming in cramped spaces, scary concrete basements of malice, critiques of Korean governance and society, and Song Kang-ho solo and father forms to name a few.
It's just good!

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