Parasite ★★★★½

Bong Joon-ho, the master of cinematic metaphor, delievers a film of and for our times with Parasite. It is a masterwork, the first film in years that is obviously a future classic after just one watch. It is tense and unexpected, but beyond satisfying in payoff. As a satire, Parasite is about the interactions of the classes. The comedy is perfectly balanced with a nuance of how class functions in the era of consumerism within service sector countries. Despite its huge international success, Parasite feels so beautifully uncompromised in its Korean flavour, with a violent genre-crossing streak that Hollywood rarely aims for and Korean cinema excels in. Parasite is not Bong Joon-ho's best film, nor the one that most captures my heart. But it is just wonderful, and the best kind of cinema.

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