One of the biggest problems in America today is the socioeconomic divide that seems to be getting wider with each passing decade. Yet this isn’t only a problem in the states, but one that exists in many other nations, including South Korea. One film that examines this problem in brilliant and thrilling ways is Parasite, directed by Korean director Bong Joon-ho. Seen by some as not only the best of the year, but the best of this decade, I won’t quite make that jump! But it’s easily one of the best, if not the best of the year in my humble opinion.
Watch It: If you want to see an international film with beautiful cinematography, beautiful and haunting music, satire that observes economic divides around the world, excellent acting, some of the best twists to experience I think in cinema history, and a taste for black comedy.
Skip It: If you want to avoid black comedy, brief shots of gore, and English subtitles.
Parasite won the highest prized award at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, and for good reason. Unlike some directors that have a breakthrough film at the beginning of their career and then taper off, Bong Joon-ho seems to only be increasing his skillful talent from an already impressive level during the early 2000’s. From his ability to execute “ensemble staging” in creating a portrait with nearly every shot, to a story that leaves you entertained from start to finish with some of the best twists I’ve personally ever seen, Parasite is a two-hour serving of smooth excellence.
It follows the laughs, heartbreak, and actions that an impoverished family takes for a better life. Being recommended by a friend to tutor the daughter of an affluent family, Kim Ki-woo, son of Kim Ki-taek (played by Song Kang-ho), takes the job. What follows is better left unsaid and for you to find out!
Parasite gets a big recommendation from me if you’re interested in seeing one of the best films of the year that has some amazing thrills and twists along the way. Though it may not have the emotional resonance that some may want and the story has just one element to it that I thought was a bit cliched, I loved Parasite and am anticipating a rewatch in the near future.
Zimm Score: 8.8/10