It is that time of year again where I talk about the Oscar nominees for ‘Best Picture’. As always, my favorite time of year is awards season, which gives me the opportunity to catch as many nominees as I can before the big night happens. One of the films I have seen over the weekend was ‘Parasite’, a South-Koran comedy-thriller, of sorts, directed by Bong Joon-Ho (‘The Host’, ‘Snowpiercer’, ‘Okja’). It is a twisted, albeit depraved, look at the clash between the rich and poor; a wickedly brilliant satire that welcomes you into its devilish delights. It doesn’t just shock you, it also makes sure you have a good time until you get there.
‘Parasite’ tells the story of two different families; the poor and destitute Kim family (Kang-ho Song, Woo-sik Choi, So-dam Park, and Hye-jin Jang) and the rich and content Park Family (Sun-kyun Lee, Yeo-jeong Jo, and Ji-so Jung) as their lives intersect after a literal get-rich-quick scheme conducted by the Ki-woo (Woo-sik Choi), the son of the Kim family, and his sister Ki-jung (So-da Park) to pose as an in-home tutor and an art therapist for the Parks with the rest of the Kims helping out in their own way. I cannot tell you much more about what goes on, but the lengths the Kim family goes to is a build to a disturbing and darkly humorous act that sticks with you long after the movie is over.
‘Parasite’ has received so much attention during film and awards festivals (It even boasts about its Palme d’Or win at Cannes Film Festival before the movie even starts to show you that this is a film to take seriously), and it is easy to see why. Though I found it to be a slow build-up, I was filled to the brim with shock and awe when the thrills kept coming; I was immersed into its dark and dangerous world. Had I seen it sooner, it would have made my top ten list.