okja, a movie review

A movie review by: Lee Sonogan

(2017) 2h1min/ Action, Adventure, Comedy


MIJA! Try learning English. It opens new doors – K

Netflix describes this movie as a gentle giant and a girl who raised her are caught in the crossfire between animal activism, corporate greed and scientific ethics. The movie stars some big-name actors and a young Korean actress called Seo-Hyun Ahn. Tilda Swinton, Jake Gyllenhall and Steven Yeun also act in this movie. Its estimated budget was $50 million dollars to make. The location shots in the movie alone make it stand out from anything else like it.

This film and The Meyerowitz Stories generated some issues after being selected for the competition line-up of the 2017 Cannes Film Festival, due to the fact that, as Netflix productions, they wouldn’t receive a theatrical release in France after the festival. Netflix did try to make a deal with French distributors and cinema chains for a limited release prior to the streaming premiere, but this came close by very strict French laws which prevent any film that’s released in cinemas from being available on a streaming service prior to 36 months after the original theatrical release date.

The movie was surprising in an unexpected way. It was more strong and impactful than expected. Being possible seen as a kids movie, it has much darker and deeper themes in it. Excellent writing in satire of the evil corporation and the food industry as a whole. Honestly, I wish I watched it in 1080p for the better CGI in it. You should consider that if you are interested in this movie. The ending has the potential to make you emotional or/and leave you in disgust. I recommend this movie to people who enjoy international films, deeper political themes and dark comedy.

The movie has shades which is the best part .. it deals with different colors of people or group .. for example the activists are not shown as saints they do tell lie, they say that they come in peace while holding guns. The scientist Dr. Jonney is a complete hypocrite.. he has an image of loving animals and he himself exploit them, he was cruel with okja, when he let the male pig forcefully meet with okja.. also when he met okja for the first time, okja felt discomfort, she sensed from his touch and vibes that there’s something wrong with Jonney. – Unnati Puri (Google Review – 4/5)


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