Parasite ★★★★★

Now that my nightmarish weekend hit its end and I had free time for a cold Monday afternoon, it was best to see both Parasite and The Lighthouse on the same day. Not only did that make for a highlight of the year, but one of the best theater experiences as a whole. Starting with the first masterpiece I saw, Parasite is without question Bong Joon-Ho's magnum opus. It feels like this is a film he was destined to make since the start of his career. His experience allowed him to refine all of his strengths into the flawless Parasite. It's no wonder why this won the Palme d'Or.

With the pacing and the perfect balance of a comedy/drama, there's plenty to appreciate within the two hours and twelve-minute running time. Bong Joon-Ho's ability to weave comedy together with the narrative hit its peak with Parasite. I'm so glad I got to watch this one in a theater that laughed along with me. The humor doesn't detract from the various emotions Parasite conveys. It never manipulates the audience, either. Regardless of the audience, there's plenty to chew on with Parasite. All the characters have plenty of depth, the various thematic elements beg for analysis upon a second watch, and it's an emotional and relatable experience that stuck with me long after it ended.

That's not to say Parasite is all substance, no style. Parasite delivers in every technical field as well, as expected from Bong Joon-Ho. The cinematography is gorgeous and adds to the value of watching this in theaters. Every single performance is captivating, including child performances. The score fits each scene amazingly well. There are no complaints I have with Parasite. It's a film that anyone could watch and love, and it warrants its spot on the Letterboxd Top 250. I'm keeping this review short as to not give anything away, and make room for a more extensive look on a second watch. Hats off to Bong Joon-Ho, he's a master of his craft and one of the best filmmakers working today.

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