It feels as if the first truly prolific picture of 2019 has finally arrived, courtesy of visionary director Bong Joon-Ho. I went into Parasite somewhat aware of the acclaim it has received ever since it made waves at the Cannes Film Festival, but unaware of what I was getting into in terms of plot or subject; in any case I came out completely floored as Parasite is as close to cinematic perfection as it gets!
The plot of Parasite is tied to the Kim family, a lower-class South Korean clan barely making ends meet. When the eldest son of the family lands a job as an English tutor for the daughter of the wealthy Park family, the Kims hatch an elaborate plan to insert themselves in the employ of the Park family and pool their collective incomes to turn their fortunes around. It all sounds simple until an unexpected event turns the scheme completely upside down!
If you see Parasite, if you sit through it in its entirety, it is essential you take a moment to collect yourself because this movie works its audience. The best way I can describe it is that this movie actually functions like a parasite; it works its way in and feeds off your energy and lifeforce until there is nothing left of you!
Bong Joon-Ho and Jin Won Han wrote an exhilarating and dynamic picture that makes grand statements about class and society and how plans, no matter how well thought out and elaborate, are always subject to unforeseen twists and turns. This screenplay makes you think and you feel every sensation from start to finish and how this family is practically is seen from the rise to fall is superb!
Bong Joon-Ho’s direction deserves the highest amount of praise and thunderous applause! Every aspect of Parasite is just so stellar, from the acting, the pacing, the camerawork, the music; Bong Joon-Ho deserves to have his name in the discussion as one of the best directors in 2019 for crafting a movie that works to charm you and get you thinking, only to have your heart beating in its hand and as Parasite unfolds past its shocking twist, the hand squeezes to the point where you only feel your heart pumping and the adrenaline coursing through you! Bong Joon-Ho made that kind of movie and he should be recognized as an elite filmmaker!
The actors were very good in this picture. Kang-ho Song, Yeo-jeong Jo, So-dam Park, Woo-sik Choi, Sun-kyun Lee, Seo-joon Park, Ji-so Jung, Hye-ji Jang, Hyun-jun Jung, Jeong-eun Lee, all very good performances across the board.
Parasite‘s true strengths lie in what goes down beyond what you see on the screen if we’re being completely frank! Kyung-pyo Hong’s cinematography is spellbinding and the editing of Jinmo Yang is deadly accurate and precise! The music of Jaeil Jung is good, Ha-jun Lee’s production design is breathtaking and the costumes from Se-yeon Choi are great as well!
There is no doubt that Parasite will be remembered as one of the elite films of 2019! Do NOT sleep on it nor underestimate it because it will knock you off your feet!