Parasite ★★★★★

There’s a scene where the family gets literally fumigated in their own home. I think this somewhat encapsulates the essence of Parasite. Then again, it’d be a huge disservice to even try to describe what the film is all about.

A master of storytelling, Bong Joon-ho thrives best when he’s working on Korean films; My favorites being The Host and Memories of Murder. This time, Bong proves he’s a force to be reckoned with as he unapologetically yet seamlessly hijacks our minds. From the very beginning, we instantly fall for his characters and then, slowly but surely, we descent into madness.

Despite creating a world of possibilities, the film is still grounded in reality. The characters stumble and collapse as they question their moral compass and succumb to their nihilistic tendencies in exchange for a better day or two. While the fortunate gets to choose, others suffer to even have a choice. In Bong’s world and definitely in ours too, there is no way to escape the inevitable.

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