Parasite ★★★★½

A film about crossing the line.

Other than actually getting to see this in a theater - surrounded by a bunch of boomers who clearly had no idea what they were getting into - my take on Bong Joon-ho's masterpiece hasn't changed much upon second viewing, but it's certainly no less thrilling. It's a film that relishes in the broad strokes, yet it lives in the details, such as a character moving a loaf of bread away from a stink bug before flicking it off the table, or the same character taking a moment to breathe in the same air that the rich breathe before being interviewed by a wealthy employer. On paper, Parasite plays like a close relative of a David Fincher film, complete with sharp editing, calculated shot compositions, and character beats that sizzle with glee and tension. But on a formal level, Bong Joon-ho isn't afraid to loosen things up, letting some dialogue hang in the air, and giving each character brief moments of existence outside the central narrative. Details like this reinforce the film's refusal to be just one thing, delivering elements of class satire, screwball comedy, and claustrophobic thriller in spades. If it's playing near you, don't miss it!

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