Parasite – Movie Review

A movie review written by Lee Sonogan

2hr12mins (2019) Comedy, Drama, Thriller

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Moon-gwang: What are you, a family of charlatans?

To appreciate these multiple Oscar-winning foreign films, just like this following review, you need to avoid all spoilers. Watching it for myself I now understand all the hype surrounding it as it holds many elements of the thriller genre I enjoy while mixing symbolism with its use of cinematography. Being Elon Musk’s favourite movie of 2019, I can say right now it was in my top 5. With a budget of $11 million based on the US dollar, the film made $235.4 million at the box office worldwide.

Parasite’s plot can be described as a poor family con their way into working for a rich family but their deception is threatened as small and big factors influence their exposure. The first half has the family taking over one by one in a darkly comedic portrayal for the story to take a big twist at the beginning of the next half. There the situation after a well-built rhythm becomes way more intense unveiling the more dramatic scenes between the characters of each family.

Serving as a social commentary between classes of groups, it makes you question the morality of it all that stays with you. Designed to shock you, the script goes into directions that are unpredictable. Every moment is packed with engaging dialogue that makes you want to read the subtitles. It is not afraid to push boundaries in the political incorrection action. Putting this together with more details I have not summarised here makes an entertaining film worth recommending although, in my opinion, it is not a perfect masterpiece.

Ki-taek: [to his son] You know what kind of plan never fails? No plan. No plan at all. You know why? Because life cannot be planned. Look around you. Did you think these people made a plan to sleep in the sports hall with you? But here we are now, sleeping together on the floor. So, there’s no need for a plan. You can’t go wrong with no plans. We don’t need to make a plan for anything. It doesn’t matter what will happen next. Even if the country gets destroyed or sold out, nobody cares. Got it?

Concluding with some cons, its presentation in metaphor is able to go over many demographics heads. Unpredictability is a good thing, on the other hand, it could seem too chaotic and random to some. Even though I recommend this movie to those intrigued by international films, the subjective meanings can also leave you with a mixed bag of feelings as well. Regardless, even if you feel like something is missing in loving it as much as many others, it is a film that is memorable enough where you will be remembering it a year or longer from consuming its quality content.


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