Parasite – 2019 – Directed by Bong Joon-Ho and starring Song Kang-ho, Lee Sun-kyun, Cho Yeo-jeong, Cho Yeo-jeong, Park So-dam, Lee Jung-eun, and Jang Hye-jin. – Comedy/ Tragedy
Simple Overview: A family finds a way to increase their monthly income through a friend followed by a few lines of smart acting combined with clever lies till the infiltrate the Park Family home. They soon discover the act is hard to keep up when a former housekeeper shows up and the real tragedy begins. Bong Joon-Ho invites us to look into the lives of a rich and poor family of South Korea and the striking differences in their lives. This film is a mix of comedy and tragedy that will keep you guessing what comes next
What Could Have Been Better: Not a whole lot. This was a film that kept up the pace in both story and cinematography. I’m going to go with nothing at all this film was damn near perfect. If you have any opportunities for Parasite to improve on let me know.
What I loved: Parasite was a film we needed for our time. Despite many viewers being “Middle Class” we can’t relate to the wealthy as easily as we can relate to the poor who are most always left having ambitions to get more. I feel Parasite creates a good picture of emerging culture and one that has been left behind. The acting was strong and undefeated, despite this being a foreign language film you do not need subtitles to understand the tone of the film. The lighting in this film is excellent in addition to tasteful set design. Bong Joon-Ho is an artist who deserves all the awards he was given for this film.
Final Thoughts: This film was like water, flows with a strong force while making a beautiful statement. Parasite is a film that deserves your time and attention. Be ready to feel the emotions of the Kim family as they began to rise from their half-basement to a night in the Park family home that starts out precisely as planned and ends back where they started, just wetter and smellier than expected.
Rating: 5/5 thumbs up for Parasite from me.
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