Raphael Georg Klopper’s review published on Letterboxd:
I guess only someone like Bong Joon-ho could have made a comedy/drama/thriller about internal class manipulation and social invisible war, without ever surrendering itself into becoming politically partisan to one side in diminish of the other (left wing more specifically), as some usual filmmakers tend to appeal; and make a small masterpiece like Parasite out of that! Maybe his most inspired directing and writing ever since Mistery of Murder dare I say. Where every single detail going behind this movie works beautifully well on screen that lets you know since the start that this is a master’s movie and nothing below that.
The camera work is spot on, where the mise-en-scene may be the best made this year, easy, specially taking the almost-one stage scenario in where most of the movie inhabits (I seriously want to live in this house); the meticulous editing has a life of its own and the pacing is so well rounded that makes you wishing for more when it’s about to end; the script is so tight in its narrative control and density of both the evoke of its high social themes and the moral complexity of every single one of its multi-layered characters, and once again giving my boy Song Kang-ho brilliant material to him work of his great talent; the mix of genres going at each other its phenomenal to say the least, and maybe one of the best I’ve ever seen. How it starts of as HILARIOUS comedy that INSTANTENEOUSLY morphs into a high suspense (almost horror) thriller and that ends on a dramatic tragedy note evoking all the right emotions, its brilliant to spare!
I have nothing but compliment to be giving here to this beauty, even the ending that threatened to be the low key part of quality of the movie for me, manage to happily surprised me in its highly reflexive final note. Where the final minutes adopts that rapid-fire narration over the succeeding events and actions instead of really devoting extra time to showing them, that really pisses me of, but Joon-ho makes it here with the right amount of narration and visual storytelling, enough to hit hard the final emotions of its great story quite effectively and to sound so universally relatable. After all, we all dream to crawl out our life's misery by earning and winning the capitalist laurels that form the moral and ethical visibility dictated by our socio-cultural material goods and behaviors, and through that, maybe make forget and forgive our mistakes and dark secrets of the past that our greed parasite nature may forced us to commit.
The main allegory couldn’t be more clear! And the big highlighted plan theme of the film, it might just be a plan to escape thus life of poverty crushed by the wealth of the system. But if Dostoevsky's Notes from Underground already illustrated very well, and visibly inspired the optics that the film takes, it is that the feeling of revolt and refusal against society and all that symbolizes it in the vicious circle of class interdependence and hypocritical subjugations and underestimations, also reflects our inner cravings for wanting to belong at any cost to survive. And all the tragicomedy that becomes present in this system of our daily lives, is the working realism behind Parasite, where the final catharsis is to have no catharsis at all, just like in our lives.