For all your cult film, tv, cartoon, comic and video game needs

Review: Parasite (2019)

Written and directed by Bong Joon-ho, Parasite follows the poor and down trodden Kim family, who share a job as pizza box folders as they struggle to pay their bills. They soon find themselves scheming their way into the lives of the rich and successful Park family.

We first meet Kim Ki-woo (Woo-sik Choi) as he is asked to pose as an English tutor by his friend Min-hyuk (Seo-joon Park). He has had the job a long time but now wishes to study abroad. Min has fallen for his student, the daughter of the wealthy Park family, Da-hye (Ji-so Jung) and trusts Ki-woo to keep an eye on her for him.

Once hired Ki-woo sets about getting his family jobs with the Park family. First his sister Ki-jeong (So-dam Park) is hired as an art therapist, then his father, Ki-taek (Kang-ho Song ), is hired as a chauffeur after Mr. Park’s driver is fired; and finally the mother of the family Chung-sook (Hye-jin Jang) is hired to replace the current housekeeper, Moon-gwang (Jeong-eun Lee), after the Kim family exploit her allergy to peaches, claiming that she has tuberculosis. The Park family remain unaware that the Kim family are all related.

All seems to be going great for the Kim family and they celebrate in the Park’s house whilst the Park family are away camping. Suddenly the bell rings it is the old housekeeper Moon-gwang. She just wants to collect something she has left behind…

Parasite transcends genre, it effortlessly shifts from comedy, to drama, to thriller and leaves something in every scene for the audience. It is never boring. It’s greatest strength is that it trusts its audience and never talks down to them or over explains anything. There are layers and layers of detail to explore and it is one of those films that will improve with every re-watch.

Acting wise, the whole cast delivers and director Bong Joon-ho definitely loves a bit of Hitchcock from his voyeurism, stairs, and windows. This all combines to make an at times claustrophobic at other times ironic tragic atmosphere.

Verdict: 9/10. Exceptional plot construction and delivery leaves the audience feeling like they experienced something significant after viewing Parasite. This film works on so many levels from parable to metaphor with jarring juxtaposition between scenes and families adding so much to the cinematic experience. A must see.




Related Posts
Trailer released for Bong Joon-ho’s The Parasite

The trailer has arrived for Bong Joon-ho's The Parasite where a young man and his unemployed family become obsessed with Read more

Second trailer released for Parasite

In Parasite, all unemployed, Ki-taek's family takes peculiar interest in the wealthy and glamorous Parks for their livelihood until they Read more

Review: Vivarium (2020)

Vivarium comes from the minds of director Lorcan Finnegan and writer Garret Shanley. It has been developed from their previous Read more

Review: The Room (2020)

The Room is a psychological thriller by Director Christian Volckman. It follows couple Kate and Matt, who after moving into Read more

Review: The Platform (2019)

If you ever needed a satirical metaphor about the world and how we all treat each other then look no Read more

Review: The Owners (2020)

The opening of Julius Berg's The Owners shows us the stark contrast of the lush, peaceful, countryside and the polluted, Read more

Review: The Lurker (2019)

The Lurker is a slasher thriller film starring scream queen Scout Taylor Compton as high school senior Taylor, who seems Read more

Review: Stargirl Ep. 1: Pilot

DC's latest show Stargirl opens immediately with some impressive scope and big stakes. The Justice Society of America are under Read more

Review: Space Force – Season One

Now let me start by saying that in discussion with Brett, he gave me the rest of season one of Read more

Review: Porno (2020)

Keola Racela's Porno takes place in a more innocent pre-internet/streaming time when A League of their Own and Encino Man Read more

Founded Cult Faction in 2014; previously crawled out of the Black Lodge in 1976, only to find himself in the Village.

2 thoughts on “Review: Parasite (2019)

Leave a Reply

%d bloggers like this: