Parasite Review by Sputnik

Meet the Park family, the picture of aspirational wealth. And the Kim family, rich in street smarts but not much else. Be it chance or fate, these two houses are brought together and the Kims sense a golden opportunity. Masterminded by college-aged Ki Woo, the Kim children expediently install themselves as tutor and art therapist to the Parks. Soon, a symbiotic relationship forms between the two families. The Kims provide “indispensable” luxury services while the Parks obliviously bankroll their entire household. When a parasitic interloper threatens the Kims’ newfound comfort, a savage, underhanded battle for dominance breaks out, threatening to destroy the fragile ecosystem between the Kims and the Parks. By turns darkly hilarious and heartwrenching, Parasite showcases a modern master at the top of his game.

Screenplay by Bong Joon-ho and Han Jin-won is excellent and has been deservedly nominated for an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay. Of all the movies nominated for Best Original Screenplay Parasite is the best and should win the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay unless it doesn’t because it is a foreign language film.

The movie is filled with so many good scenes right from the very first scene where the Kim family is trying to leech off their neighbor’s wifi or the scenes where each family member sets up another family member as an unrelated sophisticated worker or the scenes after the former housekeeper comes back or the scene where the little kid tells that they all smell the same or the scene where Yeon-gyo opens the car window due to Kim Ki-taek’s smell. The best scene of the movie is the scene where Kim Ki-taek has to control himself while hearing Park Dong-ik talk about his smell. The scenes at the kid’s birthday party are spine chilling.

Song Kang-ho is excellent as Kim Ki-taek, father of the Kim family. Choi Woo-shik is excellent as Kim Ki-woo, son of the Kim family. Park So-dam looked very pretty and is excellent as Kim Ki-jeong, daughter of the Kim family. Chang Hyae-jin is very good as Chung-sook, mother of the Kim family. Lee Sun-kyun is very good as Park Dong-ik, father of the Park family. Cho Yeo-jeong is excellent as the simple minded Yeon-gyo, mother of the Park family. Jeong Ji-so looked cute and is good as Park Da-hye, daughter of the Park family. Jung Hyeon-jun is ok as Park Da-song, son of the Park family. Lee Jung-eun is very good as Gook Moon-gwang, the housekeeper. Park Myung-hoon is excellent as Geun-sae, Moon-gwang’s husband.

Bong Joon-ho’s direction is excellent. This is one of Bong Joon-ho’s best movies. It is almost as good as Memories of Murder. He deals with class, wealth and poverty once again after Snowpiercer. Here the Park family lives in a house with a stairway whereas the Kim family lives in basement just above the ground while Moon-gwang lives in a bunker underground.

Parasite is excellent and one of the best movies of the year. The movie has been deservedly nominated for 6 Oscars including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, Best International Feature Film, Best Production Design and Best Film Editing. The movie will definitely win the Oscar for Best International Feature Film. The movie deserves every Oscar that it has been nominated for.

Highly Recommended

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