All unemployed, Ki-taek's family takes peculiar interest in the wealthy and glamorous Parks for their livelihood until they get entangled in an unexpected incident.
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What makes ‘Parasite’ so satisfying is that it commits neither error. It’s an engrossing, stylish and near perfect movie, and its underlying themes go beyond merely pointing out class exploitation to challenge the logic of capital. Though he is often juggling a mosaic of characters, themes and social issues, Bong never eschews his anarchic impulses and dark humour. It’s a movie that should be seen as widely as possible, if only so that Bong Joon-ho gets more chances to make movies for modern audiences that badly need them.
- Jake Watt
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Worthy, But Not The Masterpiece Everyone Says It Is
I liked Parasite. I didn't love it. It's a solid film, that I won't deny. However, is it worthy of four Oscars? It can be debated, that is certain. Maybe I will like it more on a second viewing. Parasite is definitely a slow burn. Will you like the pain it leaves once you feel the fire?
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DIrector Bong Joon Ho has crafted a near masterpiece of an indictment on social class in South Korea that has justifiably been embraced across the globe. The contrast between the broke Kims and the one percenter Parks is eloquently captured here. The Kims, two steps from being homeless, remain tight through their misery and show they are willing to bend morals to earn a buck or two. This leads them to the Parks who have everything yet struggle to find true joy in all their decadence.
This collision of two worlds births a recipe that can only result in a meal with four full courses and the shift between servings plays out on screen where the final dish could not be imagined after taking in the appetizer. The acting is brilliant, and Parasite is only hurt in the end by culpability questions.