Parasite ★★★★★

Bong Joon-ho is at the apex of his craft here, both behind the camera as well on the page-level. This was a superbly original story with all the ingredients that make powerful foreign movies: it's about a family that loves hard, lives hard, and does whatever they have to to make ends meet... and all of it wrapped with an amount of humor the likes of which I never expected going into this movie, or coming from Bong Joon-ho. 

The real tour de force of Parasite is the transposition of the true Korean identity in this great drama. Beyond the thriller-tension, the impeccable casting (the two teenage actors are bound to skyrocket in Asian cinema), this is a movie that has a layered subtext. It is one that screams at the issues that lie at the heart of Korea, and the unseen forces composed of immovable hierarchies that seemingly bind people in their lives. Rarely has subtext been so visible yet unhindering in a film.

It would be a crime to me to further delve into the material and to spill the beans on the endless greatness that is unveiled moment after moment and scene after scene in Parasite, just like it would be a crime of you not to watch this masterpiece.

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