Director Bong Joon-Ho
Awards: Palme d’Or Cannes
UK Release: 7th Feb 2020
What is Parasite about?
So taking the plot description from IMDB to keep this as spoiler free as possible, Parasite is about “Ki-taek and his family take peculiar interest in the wealthy and glamorous Parks, as they ingratiate themselves into their lives and get entangled in an unexpected incident.”
Which is true, it is about that. However, it is also about so much more; the class war, climate change, desperation, isolation and entitlement. At its very core Parasite is a dark comedy, a sharp look at a lower class Korean family on the brink of poverty, but who possess a cunning that must be seen to be believed. With a foot firmly in the dark comedy, the narrative weaves its way into an inexplicably tense narrative, that had me on the edge of my seat.
The tension and the humour are only elevated by the intense performances by the cast. Each role has been so well considered and well cast, it’s like watching poetry in motion as the events fall into place and things start to unravel.
To begin with you can not help but really feel for the Kim family, they are right on the edge of surviving and it is easy to favour them over the rich, snobbish Park’s who seem to have it all. However, Bong Joon-Ho soon has us questioning everything we thought we knew.
I went into Parasite knowing very little about it and that is the perfect way to approach it in my opinion. Which is why this review is brief. It blew my expectations away. It is a fascinating film with twists and turns so sharp and fast you might just get whiplash.
Bong Joon-Ho has crafted one of the must see films of the year, if not the last few years.
Parasite is now showing in the UK, so go get your butt to the cinema!
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