Having finally gotten over my aversion to the word that is the title of 2020’s four-time Oscar-winning movie, Parasite, I can say that it really is as good and as cleverly made as people have been saying.
With a running time of more than two hours, director Bong Joon Ho and his great cast kept my attention fully focused throughout. In fact, there’s even what felt as long as at least twenty minutes when I just sat there with my mouth and eyes wide open. All because what was happening on screen was so arresting, truly unexpected and impressive.
Ho’s film is a well-told story about the relationship and near-complete destruction of two families at opposite ends of the wealth spectrum in South Korea. One side trying everything they can to survive while the other is dangerously oblivious to the struggles and true feelings of the far less fortunate among them.
The time we get to spend with the struggling family at the beginning is highly engaging and often amusing. Yet it’s what happens when the two families meet that the true cleverness of Parasite really starts to reveal itself and you soon realise exactly why this movie’s title is perfectly fitting.
I enjoyed Parasite so much that I already want to see it again just so I can discover what I may have missed. I say definitely, definitely make time for this one if you haven’t already. Parasite is a deserving winner of its four 2020 Oscars for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Foreign Language Film and Best Original Screenplay.
And for any non-fast readers, the subtitles don’t change too quickly. The dialogue is good, often funny and I barely noticed that I had to read to understand what was going on.
Watch it at once, I say!
Happy Film Loving