I’ve never fully been on board with the “Bong Joon-ho is a master” hype (to be fair, I still haven’t seen his previously-most-acclaimed, Memories of Murder), but for this? I get it. Perfectly paced, beautifully shot and designed, a well-matched cast, plenty of funny and/or horrific surprises, richly entertaining the whole way through.
It was a rare delight watching a subtitled movie in a megaplex theater with a full crowd, all audibly into it. Lots of laughs, gasps, and excited buzzing on the way out.