Minari ★★★★½

A heartfelt, sincere, and authentic look at the struggles of a Korean family slowly trying to create the American dream they so desperately sought after. It's a film that does an excellent job of diving into all of the characters and their hopes and desires but also that conflicts with that of the family's wants and needs. The film is also incredibly well-acted by everyone. Whether it's Alan's Kim breakthrough performance as David (A kid just trying to get by in a world that doesn't allow him to be one), Youn-Yuh Jung (as a very eccentric but loving grandmother). But it's really Steven Yeun who owns this whole film. Diving headfirst into how consumed Jacob's character is by this dream and how willing he is to make it happen even if it costs him everything in the process. It's such a subtle but moving performance and it for sure should be up for Oscar consideration moving forward. However, the film is nothing without the masterful writing and directing by Lee Isaac Chung who beautifully showcases a semi-autobiographical story. It almost does feel like the film he's always wanted to make but has never had the time to. He truly put his whole heart and soul into this and it's absolutely, some of the best of the entire year. With stunning cinematography and a score that is for sure to draw emotions out of you, Minari is nothing short of one of the best films of the year. It's moving, powerful, and an incredibly hopeful film that will touch many and leave an impact on you for years to come. Was delighted to have gotten to see this early but hope it's able to get a proper release-date soon because trust me when I say it's one of the must-see films of the year!
Grade: A

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