Parasite ★★★★★

Parasite is a film about barriers, foundations, and cycles. The main barrier is that of class, wealth, and the differing perspectives of those who have and those who have not. The film looks at the bedrock, or the architecture, of how oppression is built from the ground (or below it) up. Many of the barriers shown in the visual storytelling are windows, doors, gates, stairs—all of which keep the poor and the rich separated. The Kim family is not given the equal opportunity due to abject capitalism to use any of their skills to go to unaffordable colleges, so they must become as manipulative as the ruling class in order to gain an upper hand in the cycle of class warfare. The film depicts perfectly the idea that the inequality created by the rich is so huge, that poor and working class people will much more likely fight, hurt, and compete with each other rather than gain a plan of solidarity against their ignorant, wealthy oppressors who do not even acknowledge that their money hoarding harms others. The film looks at the effects of trauma, taking on a false identity, and a cycle of parasite vs. host that gets flipped several times. Bong Joon Ho has deeply out done himself with this masterpiece, allowing for horror, comedy, crime, and drama all to come together in one genre without a single misstep. This is definitely one of the best of 2019.

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