By: Camila Crespo
WARNING: THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SOME SPOILERS!!!
The latest masterpiece by Korean director Bong Joon-ho (Snowpiercer, Okja) provides a commentary on the different social classes in our society. Parasite won the Palme d’Or (Golden Palm) at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival in France. This award is the highest prize awarded at the festival. Parasite premiered October 11 in the US, selling out shows in Los Angeles and New York.
Parasite follows the story of two families, the Kims and the Parks. The Kim family lives in a shabby and rundown basement apartment. They are so poor that they are forced to make pizza boxes for money and get free wifi from their neighbors. The Parks, on the other hand, live in a spacious house with no worries about money. In a turn of events, the Kims end up working for the Parks family. This is the start of their symbiotic relationship which gives birth to the title of the movie.
One online reviwer comented, “director Bong manages to brilliantly capture human greed and class discrimination on-screen”. Bong’s camera work is phenomenal in this film. He expertly switches from one set to another, making the viewers subconsciously notice the differences in the way both families live. The audience see the Parks living in a spacious and luxurious house while also seeing the contrast of the Kim family's shabby, run-down household. The Parks live a care-free life not having to worry about anything while the Kims need to worry about where the money is going to come from.
I really enjoyed watching this film, especially since some of my favorite actors, Choi Woo-shik and Park So-dam, are in it. The film is full of surprises and dark humour. The actors’ chemistry and line delivery are exceptional. Ultimately, the way this film is directed and the message it teaches pushed me to recommend it to other people. Due to being a foreign film, Parasite was sadly only available in selected theaters for its premier.
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