Reviews parasite It’s so clichéd at this point in the critical
It’s so clichéd at this point in the critical conversation during the hot take season of festivals to say,
“You’ve never seen a movie quite like X.”
Such a statement has become overused to such a degree that it’s impossible to be taken seriously,
like how too many major new movies are gifted the m-word: masterpiece.
So how do critics convey when a film truly is unexpectedly,
brilliantly unpredictable in ways that feel revelatory?
And what do we do when we see an actual “masterpiece” in this era of critics crying wolf?
Especially one with so many twists and turns that the best writing about it
will be long after spoiler warnings aren’t needed? I’ll do my best because Bong Joon-ho’s
“Parasite” is unquestionably one of the best films of the year. Just trust me on this one.
Bong has made several films about class (including “Snowpiercer” and “Okja”),
but “Parasite” may be his most daring examination of the structural inequity that has come to define the world.
It is a tonal juggling act that first feels like a satire—a comedy of manners
that bounces a group of lovable con artists off a very wealthy family of awkward eccentrics.
And then Bong takes a hard right turn that asks us what we’re watching and sends us hurtling to bloodshed.
Can the poor really just step into the world of the rich?
The second half of “Parasite” is one of the most daring things I’ve seen in years narratively.
The film constantly threatens to come apart—to take one convoluted turn too many in ways that sink the project—but
Bong holds it all together, and the result is breathtaking.
Kim Ki-woo (Choi Woo-sik) and his family live on the edge of poverty.
They fold pizza boxes for a delivery company to make some cash, steal wi-fi from the coffee shop nearby,
and leave the windows open when the neighborhood is being fumigated to deal with their own infestation.
Kim Ki-woo’s life changes when a friend offers to recommend him as an English tutor for a girl
he’s been working with as the friend has to go out of the country for a while.
The friend is in love with the young girl and doesn’t want another tutor “slavering” over her.
Why he trusts Kim Ki-woo given what we know and learn about him is a valid question. อ่านต่อ