Parasite May Be 2019’s Best Film: Review

Parasite May Be 2019’s Best Film: Review

1. For a certain type of person, urgency will be enough. I will attempt that here: If you read writers because you trust them, allow me to thank you—I’m flattered, truly—and then implore you: Parasite, the new film from Korean director Bong Joon-ho, is a tremendous work that might be the most pleasurable experience you have in a movie theater this year. It’s so top-to-bottom satisfying that even being completely spoiled couldn’t ruin it—but if you can come to it cold, you’ll be floored. Don’t even watch a trailer. Trust me, and go.

2. If you must know more—there will be no spoilers—the premise is simple enough. The Kim family, underemployed and eager for any opportunity to scrape together a little more cash, isn’t having the best time of things. Kim Ki-taek, the patriarch, is an unemployed driver. Together with his wife and two children, the family does odd jobs like folding pizza boxes. Then, an opportunity falls into his son Ki-woo’s lap when a friend offers to recommend Ki-woo as his replacement as an English tutor to the daughter of the extremely wealthy Park family. Once he settles into his posh new job, Ki-woo gets an idea: What if he can trick the Parks into hiring his entire family?

Joon-ho Bong’s Parasite (2019)Courtesy of Neon and CJ E&M

3. Bong Joon-ho makes movies that ruin other movies for you. His films disregard the boundaries of genre; their characters resist familiar archetypes. Each one—be it the monster movie The Host, the science fiction thriller Snowpiercer, or the strange drama Okja—begins with one ostensible set of rules before discarding them one at a time in a way that should be disorienting. Instead, you wonder why we bother with rules at all.

4. Parasite is a movie about illusions, which is to say, it is about class and wealth. In watching it, you’ll begin to anticipate some of its jabs, and assume the direction in which it will cut. Maybe you’ll be right, for a little while. And then you won’t be.

5. Before we continue, it’s worth underlining in red ink: This movie is funny. Wickedly so. Parasite spares no one in its criticism, it dresses down every target with withering wit and ease. It’s also tense, thoughtful, humane, and perhaps frightening. If there is a feeling that a movie can elicit from us, odds are Parasite does so.

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