From the Korean filmmaker Bong Joon-Ho, the director of such films as; Memories of Murder, Snowpeircer, and Okja, comes an all-new masterpiece and critical sensation in Parasite. The film follows a poor family as they con their way into being the servants of a rich family, but when their scheme is threatened by exposure, how long and to what lengths will they go to maintain the con.
Similar to Alfonso Cuaron with Roma, Parasite sees co-writer, producer, director, Bong Joon-Ho in total control of his craft, and the result is a decade-defining magnum opus. The film has rightfully made history, winning four academy awards at the 92nd academy awards for best original screenplay, best international feature film, best director and the coveted best picture Oscar. The film is also the first Korean film to win an Oscar. Not only that, but Parasite also won the prestigious Palm d’Or at the Canne Film Festival and is the first film since 1955’s Marty to win the Palm d’Or and the Best Picture Oscar. So yeah it’s safe to say that Parasite did something right.
Although there is no such thing as an objectively perfect film, Parasite is here to challenge that theory. The film effortlessly blends an ensemble cast of characters with relevant social themes and an assortment of exciting genres to create a mesmerising piece of cinematic art. Perhaps where the film succeeds best is in how it changes throughout. The film will focus on a different character or switch to a different genre all in the name of necessity to the story and the social messages the film aims to send. Not only is this a bold thing to do, but Parasite does it seamlessly. It’s truly a masterwork that I simply cannot fault.
It’s hard to review such a film as it simply does everything right. The performances are great, the shots and editing are exciting, the story is investing and fulfilling, the production design is impressive as hell considering they built an entire city for the film. Not only are all the individual pieces of the film outstandingly executed, but they are helmed by a filmmaker at the peak of his prime. Joon-Ho cements himself as one of the greats with Parasite. I mean what more does a film, or filmmaker for that matter, need to do? Honestly, I couldn’t tell you, but what I can tell you, is to see Parasite as soon as you can, in cinemas, on DVD, on VOD, wherever. Parasite is an absolute must-see and it truly is the best film of the year.