'Parasite' by Bong Joon-ho Review: A crazy story that you won't expect


Director Bong Joon-ho was one of the first Korean filmmakers that introduced me to the creativity of Korean cinema: Memories of Murder and The Host being some of the earliest films I saw that really began to make me aware of how much I enjoyed films and wanted to learn more about the filmmaking process. The sheer difference between the way characters are written and the way stories are told just felt completely different to that of the west.

With Bong Joon-ho and Song Kang-ho joining forces yet again for Parasite, we've been given a completely different film to what we're used to seeing, but one that certainly doesn't disappoint for its sheer peculiarity of a narrative.

From the start we're introduced to a hardworking family experiencing the struggles of poverty and low pay in a business that pays terribly and has no future growth; folding pizza boxes for a living is hardly a career to keep the lights on.

In a moment of pure luck, the son is offered a position in privately tutoring the girl of an incredibly wealthy family, of which will definitely pay well. He, of course, takes up this offer. As time progresses, it's blatant that this wealthy family is incredibly gullible, falling for all kinds of exploitative acts, of which I won't be mentioning in this review given how easy of a film this is to spoil.

This film takes a complete turn of events, as its already strange narrative gets stranger. New characters introduced in insane methods that only heightens your need to know more. This is a film that already has you expecting something to go horribly wrong, but it bumps that up a few notches and adds in even more insanity.

The film makes use of its very wide cinematography, making this home of the wealthy family a haven in which nothing could go wrong. A space of dreams and peace. It manages to capture a lot of happenings on screen in terms of characters and their actions. As more characters begin to appear in the house, the feeling of tension is heightened, we see more chances for something to go wrong. Various inconsistencies that might be caught on by the wealthy family, but that's actually the only beginning of the film.

Frequently we are given the perspective of an outsider quietly observing from the garden, into the house's large and open windows that shows everything; this is something that actually rather effectively used later on within the story. As a result, the audience is constantly given this perspective of being an intruder themselves, as the characters show signs of being discovered, we feel that very threat ourselves. It's an incredible story built alongside excellent directing that only makes the experience that much more entertaining.

Comments 7

I saw a trailer for this a while back and thought it looked interesting. After reading your review and some of the history of the director, I am definitely going to try and catch this. Thanks for sharing. :)

25.09.2019 13:42

Definitely check out his other works, they're amazing. Especially Memories of Murder since recently police in Korea believe they'd found the killer after decades.

26.09.2019 16:38

I had already watched the trailer for this movie, but after reading your review I was even more curious to watch it, @naminks.

25.09.2019 13:55

It wasn't easy to write about without almost saying too much about its story!

26.09.2019 16:38

I know exactly what you mean, haha!

27.09.2019 00:00

The last part of this trailer ( might be due to the music ) actually gives me goosebumps. It makes me feel like a mix between Cronenberg's Naked Lunch and Asian cinema. I really feel like watching this! I loved The Host ( when I watched it ages ago at a film festival ). Can't say I liked Snowpiercer or Okja. Mother was a very good movie too. I have no doubt this film is gonna entertain me. It sounds like my cup of cinematic tea :>)

26.09.2019 21:37

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01.10.2019 08:53