Parasite Movie Review: A Movie That Actually Lives Up To The Hype
Parasite directed by Boon Joon-ho is a Korean dark comedy that follows the Kim family who is struggling to make ends meet however an opportunity presents it's self one day for them, as the youngest son Ki-Woo gets hired to tutor the daughter of the wealthy Park family soon Ki-Woo comes up with a plan to get his entire family hired by the Park's by faking their qualifications
Now finally I got to watch it too and I just want to say this movie deserves the praise and accolades it receives every year there are movies that get a lot of hype especially if it’s a foreign film so the critics and media start singing its praises and when you finally watch it and you think the movie is good but it’s not that that good or they hyped it so much when you finally see it your expectations have gone up so high that the movie just falls short.
'Parasite' is one of those movies that is worthy of the hype and if you were on the fence about seeing it, I wholeheartedly recommend this movie.
On the base level, this is a con movie a bunch of people comes together in order to get money from rich people and at times I felt this could turn about to be a feel-good movie with a nice sense of humor
But this is were all the good acting, writing and amazing direction by Boo Joon-ho kicks in, those fun and feel-good moments in the movie that are enjoyable, moments which endears you to these characters also made me feel uneasy like, something is off. There is a scene where the Kim family are having dinner together and enjoying the success of their plan when Chung-sook the matriarch of the family makes fun of her husband and in an instance his behavior changes and he starts to choke her but just as quickly as it happened both husband and wife start laughing and tell their kids it was a practical joke.
And the movie has plenty of scenes like this that are scattered throughout and will keep you on edge.
Now this movie has social commentary on class warfare but it does not lean in any one direction as everyone has blood on their hands. The easiest way for me to put is a quote from a comedy movie I saw when I was a teenager called Rat Race “The trouble with being in the rat race is that even if you win, you're still a rat.”
From a technical standpoint everything is good (as mentioned before) this movie has one of the best ensembles put together the way the shots just seem to complement each other is not that common to see in a lot of movies and the score composed by Jung Jae-il deserves a lot of praise for how it works so well for the plot and pace of the movie.
So, Parasite is a movie that is more than worth your time and money.