Parasite ★★★½

Can you forgive the last twenty percent of a film that absolutely kills it for the first eighty percent? That's the question that “Parasite” poses after starting out as a con caper before turning miraculously into a class warfare horror-thriller. All along the way, there's a palpable electricity in the air, a stirring sense of inventiveness at work. The tension is turned up so high and the conflict at the heart of the movie is so novel that it's almost enough to see the setup without the payoff. Indeed, Bong Joon-Ho could have easily stopped the movie much sooner than he does and walked away a winner. But he doesn't, and as he tries to resolve his impossible puzzle, that incredible nuance and rigor he brought to the first two acts seems to abandon him. So close.