Parasite (2019) Review

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RATING: 5/5

[SPOILERS]

A poor family falsely obtain jobs under a rich family. It is there that they truly realize what it means to be the class that they are.

My overall second film to watch from Bong Joon-Ho. The first one was “The Host.” While he succeeds in that film, I think he might have edged it a bit more for his latest project right here.

Everyone in the film gave wonderful performances. Each character had their own unique personality that made it fun to watch on-screen. Not only fun for some, but something that made one latch onto until the end.

While the film’s genre seemed to be marketed as a thriller and black comedy, there were a number of scenes where it played more like a drama. Especially toward the second half pertaining to the main poor family. The family, while they were doing criminal actions, one could relate to them very well.

One of the major themes that this film had going was class. Specifically social class and the lines separating the poor/rich. This was about a poor family taking advantage of a rich family’s naive nature to get out of their living situation at the bottom. Which in turn where the title came from. One family was feeding off another family’s lifestyle. There were scenes that displayed great symbolism/subtle things that showcased the struggle the family was experiencing.

Like the family living in a basement apartment while the rich were up-top. The rich mother saying that the rain was beautiful, but to the poor, it was terror. The rich father having a strong disgust for the poor, particularly their smell. There were some other elements provided that will surely be ambiguous for many watching.

For example, the rich son’s obsession with Native Americans. Maybe that could be the director’s way of showing somewhat of a parallel between the film’s plot to real-life events. It could be referencing another form of parasites, which was the Europeans taking advantage of the Natives in the 1500s. Things like that will make one question and make one watch the film many times to try to get a full grasp of the movie’s meaning.

The cinematography was really good. One of my favorite scenes was when the poor father, son, and daughter were going down and down to get home. Again, this was great symbolism at showing the harsh conditions the family was living in.

The comedic elements were nicely done. That was aided by the sharp dialogue and situational circumstances. Though at points it can be a little too cheesy, nonetheless, the comedy was nearly on-point. The montage segment of the poor family reenacting lines in order the fool the rich was great.

Which that might play into another subtle thing the director was showcasing. It could showcase how gullible and seemingly problem-free the rich people have it. It’s not out there, rich people think they have it all with all the money they have. But when things go wrong, they freeze up and don’t know what to do.

As mentioned prior, the film’s second half was playing more in drama territory, which worked very well. The emotional resonance was strong with the poor family. One didn’t want to see anything bad to them and one wanted to see them get the best lives they possibly can.

“Parasite,” yes it’s in subtitles, but it’s a film that one should watch immediately. It had good characters, great cinematography, nicely-executed comedy, and the themes were presented strong throughout. One won’t get disappointed with what the film had to offer.

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