Parasite

Parasite ★★★★½

Disparity, depravity, disillusion
Cockroaches under furniture 
Scattered and desperate
Life in a gig economy...

It’s pretty hard to sum up the complete mess that is the pervasive international wealth gap, but let’s just agree that Parasite is by far the most well-crafted and thematically relevant film of the year. It’s packed with comedy, drama, and so much gleeful tension it almost functions like a heist movie. Also, it’s pretty “metaphorical”...

Bong uses his usual mix of tones and genres to create something much more mild mannered on the surface, but underneath it is bustling with activity. The staging is sublime with so many details happening in both the foreground and background. They’re pretty easy to ignore for someone not paying attention closely. (Just like it’s easy to ignore the lower class and all their pesky issues! Wow, SO METAPHORICAL!) 

Along with the blocking, cinematography as a whole (by the man who brought us this modern Korean masterpiece), the music, the production designers, and the acting (particularly by the women) are all amazing. Bong Joon-ho is clearly a master of his craft and I’m glad he’s finally getting the recognition he deserves. Yet, due it’s trenchant humanity and quirk, Mother is still his best in my book. Parasite is no slouch though!

Lists:
-Bong Joon-ho Ranked
-2019

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