Parasite ★★★★

I had the pleasure of going into this movie stone cold. While I did know that it was highly acclaimed, an awards season contender, and that it won the Palm d'Or at Cannes, but I had no idea what it was about, or even what genre it was. I know of Bong Joon-Ho, the director, primarily from Snowpiercer, so I was expecting a similar type of action oriented allegory, especially considering the title (I've also seen Okja but didn't realize that was his until later). I go to the movies so often that it is very rare that I haven't seen at least a preview for what I'm about to watch. It's so refreshing to have no narrative expectations as a movie unfolds, that I was initially unsure how much of my enthusiasm is from the novelty and how much is from the movie itself. Once I figured out what sort of movie this was, and that it still surprised and enthralled me, I knew exactly where the credit should go.

I'll leave off deeper analysis until an inevitable second viewing. Suffice it to say, the movie is about class. Coming out a time where lots and lots of movies think they have something to say about income inequality, this film manages to set itself apart. It's less about the politics than about the morality. It realized that, while societal structures are important, they're ultimately the environment in which human beings make decisions, and these decisions have consequences. The film has some trenchant points to make, and never lets its polemicism tamper down on its powerful narrative drive.

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