Parasite: Film Review

Parasite has been winning all the Best Foreign Language awards this season and has even crossed over into other categories – such as the Best Picture Oscar – and there is a reason for this – it is fantastic. It is the easiest 5/5 I’ve given in months, I’ve already seen it twice and it is definitely going to end up on my Best Films of 2020 list. Yes, it’s that good. Believe the hype, people.

I don’t want to give away too much of the plot because it is genuinely better to go in knowing as little as possible. However, to give an idea, the film basically follows the poor Kim family, who infiltrate the wealthy Park family by scheming their way to become their hired house help.

I’m worried my review won’t do Parasite justice and adequately articulate how good it is. Bong Joon Ho‘s story takes shocking turns you would never see coming and it crosses multiple genres – there’s a bit of black comedy, drama, and thriller/horror in there. It starts out like a standard drama about the divide between the rich and poor and then the humour comes in as Ki-Woo (Choi Woo-Shik), posing as a highly qualified tutor, gets his sister Ki-Jeong or “Jessica” (Park So-Dam) employed by the naive Yeon-gyo Park (Cho Yeo-Jeong), followed by their dad Ki-Taek (Song Kang-Ho) and mum Chung-Sook (Chang Hyae-Jin). But then the twist happens and it becomes dark, thrilling and a bit scary.

The cast won the Best Ensemble prize at the Screen Actors Guild Awards – the first time a foreign language film has done so – and again, there is a reason why. There is no weak link in this line-up. My personal favourite is Jessica, I just enjoy her scheming ways and the air of authority she has in the presence of the rich but also Yeon-gyo, who is so dim and naive and the source of much of the humour. You will probably have the most sympathy for Mr. Kim though.

I know some people will avoid this purely because it’s subtitled and I say that’s a foolish decision because you’re missing out on an amazing piece of filmmaking. You become so engrossed and gripped by the story that you eventually forget you’re even reading. Please don’t be put off by the subtitles. I urge you all to see Parasite – you won’t regret it!

In selected (!!) cinemas from Friday 7th February 

Rating: 5/5

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