MAYOI’s review published on Letterboxd:
It's been a while since a movie has 'infected' me on a personal/emotional and conceptual level at the same time. Bong Joon Ho has already ascended himself to cult status with many of his other well known films such as snowpiercer, memories of murder and okja. This time, he has launched a even greater impact on the korean(or to an extent, world) cinema with his latest masterpiece 'Parasite', a film that crosses the border of conventional filmmaking and unfolds a story of many genres.
The structure of Parasite is masterfully organized, with each single member of Ki's family introduced to the wealthy household of Parks one by one in accordance with the virtue of an infection that would sooner or later alter both families' destiny.
Satirical enough, the criminal act of various deeds such as fraud and false accusation are celebrated here and illustrated with creative means. As soon as Ki's family succeeded in infiltration, their so-aspired fortune has also been led astray as they made themselves into the mirror of social realism and a symbotic shadow to their hosts.
The tone shifts are nearly perfect along with the wild but on-point distribution of personality among the characters. On one hand we see Ki's family folding pizza boxes, struggling to achieve financial stability. On the other, we are left in awe witnessing them staining their hands in blood, further descend themselves into greater turbulance and moral despair. The dynamic tension is utilized to its utmost to manipulate our emotions and trajectory thinking, consistently dancing around inbetween melancholic and morbid family drama, suspenseful thrillers and genuinely humane moments: all can be explored and realized through the brilliant tonal/cinematic transformation over the course.
Parasite has earned its reputation and love from all the filmgoers and critics around the world.
A kinetic social commentary, satirical black comedy, and violent thriller all packed into one genre-bending masterclass in storytelling, Parasite strives to remind us that the purpose of cinema is not solely to entertain and narrate but also to reflect on the real world.
Everything in this film are portrayed vividly with profound thematic exploration and cultural values embedded. It's a vividly creative but at the same time tragic and horrified depiction of class struggles in a society that is perpetually infected by social/economic inequality and moral degeneracy. 'Parasite' on a thematic standpoint has no differences to 'The Host' as both of them explore and critisize capitalism and moral relativism at their illnest with the deployment of monsters. But this time, the monster would pose a even more relevant and morally impactful threat to the humanity, and the monster is the creator itself - human.