Parasite

Parasite ★★★★★

Bong Joon-ho's latest film is a pure cinematic treat. An impeccably crafted tale that defies genre and is completely its own original thing. A timely examination of the shrinking middle class and the societal clashes between the rich and the poor, Bong Joon-ho's messaging is vital and effective. Parasite is a movie that film fans will be talking about and cherish forever. It's structured brilliantly, like a slow ride up a steep hill only to inevitably be pushed down that same steep hill on the other side. Parasite is so effective in its comedy, melodrama, suspense, and horror that it is downright dizzying. Bong Joon-ho is an absolute master behind the camera and this film is his masterpiece.

The cast here is truly amazing. There is not a single false note in the cast and brilliant Korean character actor Song Kang-ho delivers some of his best work ever. His performance is so layered that he goes from goofy, to downright slapstick, to utterly heartbreaking without a stutter in his step. It's an incredible performance. I also found Yeo-jeong Jo to be utterly delightful as the naive mother of the rich clan. I could go on all day raving about this cast and to truly rave more depth would be to delve into spoilers. This cast delivers some truly stunning work in the second half of this film.

A brilliantly crafted, multi-layered masterpiece, Parasite is not only the best movie of 2019, it is one of the best movies of the decade. It is a film that is destined to be mentioned alongside the all-time greats of cinema. It is a shining example of just how truly high the heights of cinema can be when you have a master at the top of his craft.

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