Parasite ★★★★½

This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

This review may contain spoilers.

Baiting the hubris of audience members, like myself, who will believe they can see all the cogs of this narrative turning oh so obviously. Bong Joon-ho's amazing willingness to flip the worlds of his films upside-down; combined with his off-beat juggling act of genres, and an unambiguous didacticism, concretises a viewing experience that's unlike anything else. Building a reality that is deeply weird, but entirely recognisable as our own.

Longterm poverty and subterranean immiseration have fractured the core functionality of the Kim family unit. There is love and support between them, but the dehumanising disguises required for their work above ground mean they can never publicly express themselves. Evidence of a breakdown in human emotional capacity is everywhere: A relationship between two teenagers seems to exist almost exclusively on their phone screens.

It seems the Capitalist impulse (one of the many possible interpretations of the title) means no amount of status climbing will satisfy the Kim family. Their selfish ambition overtakes their precarious present moment, and they begin thinking several steps ahead of themselves.

Even if the late plot and character machinations needed to get to the ending don't completely add up. The coda represents a beautiful illustration of the necessary rationalisation of dreadful means justifying emancipatory ends. Of course, the young and naive Kim Ki-woo is able to convince himself that unlike the rest of his generation trapped in this system: He won't be doing it for the money.