MOVIE REVIEW: PARASITE
Director: Bong Joon-Ho
Duration: 2hr 12minutes
Genre: Drama, Thriller, Rated R
Writing Credits: Bong Joon-Ho, Han Jin-won
Song Kang-Ho – Kim Ki-taek
Lee Sun-Kyun – Park Dong-ik
Cho Yeo-Jeong – Yeon-Kyo (Mr.Park’s wife)
Perk So-dam – ki-Jung (Ki-taek’s daughter)
Choi woo-shik – Ki-woo (Ki-taek’s son)
“Parasite” – 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. Can the poor just step into the world of the rich?
Kim Ki-woo (Choi woo-sik) with his family lives in the basement of apartments on the edge of poverty. Their family makes pizza boxes for a company and they meet their daily wages. One day as the old phrase says “Luck knocks the door at once”, as so Kim Ki-woo’s friend offered him as a temporary English tutor Job as his friend moves out of station for a while. So Kim Ki-woo changes his name to Kevin and began tutoring Park Da-Hye (Jung Zico). As days pass she falls for him. But though Kim has a much great plan, he wanted his family to be inside the house. He blueprints his vision to his family members and convinces his mother (Yeon-Kyo). Jo Yeo-Jeong, the son of the house needs an art tutor, which makes the entry of Kim’s (Kevin) sister “Jessica” (Park So-dam) to enter the picture. Later joined mom and dad are in the park house too, and it seems like everything is going perfectly for the Kim family. The parks seem to be happy and then later everything changes.
The Parasite’s script will receive a lot of attention as it’s one of those clever twistings and turning tales for which the screenwriter gets the most credit (Bong and Han Jin-won), But it is completely a reciprocate in the visual language that undoubtedly says Bong as a master. The cinematography is Incredible with Kyung-Pyo Hong captivating with every single composition. The park house of Kim tightly contrasted against the quarters visually teaches the audience about his lifestyle and how Kim’s family is growing the chasm between the haves and have nots.
“Parasite”- A great film in the means of narrative and also the showcased of what is going on underneath about how the rich use the poor to survive. Open ideation the wealthy countable families in any country survive on the labor of the poor, whether it’s the housekeepers, tutors, and drivers they employ, or something much darker. Kim’s family will be reminded of that chasm and the cruelty of inequity in ways you couldn’t possibly predict.
“Parasite” is so perfectly crafted that there’s a joy to be had. Experiencing every confident frame of it, but then that’s tempered by thinking about what Bong is unpacking and telling here and saying about society, especially with the perfect, absolutely haunting ending scenes.