Andrew | A.J.’s review published on Letterboxd:
Mom and I will be in the yard.
Because the sunshine is so nice there.
An unprecedented, unrivaled masterpiece. Bong Joon Ho’s Parasite is a story of life and consequences. It’s been a very long time since I’ve seen a film like this one, a story told with such passion, energy, and truth. Parasite grabs you from the beginning and never lets you go. Bong’s characters live in a world defined by division between classes - I felt it intentional that we never see the exact route between the houses of these families. They live in the same city, yet worlds apart. A basement apartment versus an idyllic house on a hilltop, existing just miles from each other. This is a masterful storytelling experience. The film as a whole transforms itself halfway through, into a film of pure suspense - ultimately becoming a sad realization of the effects of our characters’ choices. It’s a purely phenomenal film from start to finish, beautiful in every single aspect and honest in every way. Wildly unpredictable and yet perfectly controlled by Bong. With Parasite, I feel he’s cemented himself as one of the master storytellers of his lifetime. This film is one of the all time greats, and I haven’t felt like that about a movie in a very long time. Just, totally, utterly perfect and astonishing from start to finish. Parasite is the best film of the year.