Parasite ★★★★½

Known for juggling genres, director Bong Joon Ho has just created a new one: late capitalism gothic. This doesn't mean the movie is not filled with comedic bits and beautiful tender moments. However, it is fair to say that the greatest merit of PARASITE is to translate tropes of 19th century horror stories (the ghost, the basement, the maze, the castle) to 21st century post-globalized and faux-meritocratic world.

The jarring insertion of new characters and storylines creates a disorienting effect that creatively enriches the narrative. Moreover, the script highlights the question of identity fluidity (so much discussed in contemporary cinema in a preachy way) with verve and seamlessness, especially when it comes to the character of the daughter. And who would've thought that ANOTHER masterpiece this decade would have a peach as one of its main plot devices?

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