In honor of it’s “Best Foreign Film” win last night at the Golden Globes, I figured I’d go ahead and post my “Parasite” review. This was hands down one of the best movies I saw in 2019…if not in the past couple of years! Just like the director Bong Joon Ho said in his acceptance speech, “once you get over the 1/2 inch obstacle of subtitles, there are a lot of amazing films in the world” (I paraphrased that a little obviously). Those who know me know that I love a good foreign film…not only do I get to watch a good movie but I also get my words in for the day (while the rest of you are getting your steps in LOL).
This was an engaging and mesmerizing film from the moment it opened…it drew you in. The cast was amazing (Kang-ho Song, Sun-kyun Lee, Yeo-jeong Jo, Woo-sik Choi, So-dam Park, Jeong-eun Lee, Hye-jin Jang and everyone else)…the script and storyline were fresh and innovative…it was well shot and just a suspenseful delight to watch. And to top it off, I got to watch it at the Nickelodeon Theatre, which is a local indie art-house theatre (and the very same theatre in which I watch my very first foreign film back in the 9th grade). Oh the nostalgia…
This film touches on so many issues and themes that are so relevant in today’s society…not just in Korea but around the world…from class to imposter syndrome to social inequality. This social satire is equal parts lighthearted comedy and brutal, thrilling drama as it follows one family as they ingratiate themselves into the lives of the glamorous, well-to-do Parks family. “Parasite” is a well-crafted rollercoaster of a film that takes you on so many twists and turns that you have no idea how it will end up…and that’s a good thing…I watch waaaayyyy too many movies that predictable and have me plotting out the ending half way through.
There’s nothing bad I can say about this one…is it too soon to call it a “masterpiece?” Definitely hope this one wins some Oscars (I think it’s safe to say the “Best Foreign Film” category is in the bag). If you’re not a fan of subtitles and foreign films, I think this one just might change your mind…and if you’re already a fan, definitely give this one a watch…it’s well worth it!