‘Blessed is he who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed” – Alexander Pope
I decided to start with that quote because to be honest I just read the title of the movie and I thought it was going to have some type of biological elements – like an actual parasite or monster, like in a horror movie. I couldn’t be any more wrong. I have watched a lot of movies to the point I was starting to get a little worn out – the endless sequels, remakes and what felt like ‘soulless crashgrabs’ … do I hear Michael Bay Transformers? All jokes aside – I find it refreshing to start seeing movies like Parasite … once in awhile. Parasite is the type of movie I can watch over and over again without ever really getting bored.
So many emotions at the same time – sadness, laughter, horror – but mainly empathy for the family that had to go through such lengths to achieve what they were seeking. I won’t go through all of the details because I want everyone to enjoy the movie like I did, but I’m pretty sure once everyone gets to watch it, you’ll understood where I am coming from. It was very relate-able to me, because it really could happen to anyone. Heck, it happens to many people in today’s society – the rich getting richer and the poor are getting poorer – well you know how the saying goes. I don’t mean to be a Debbie Downer right now, but this movie can be interpreted in many ways – I like to be more optimistic and see the bright side of things – like appreciating the fact that the family stuck together and even simple things like sharing beers together was something to be valued – because not many families actually spend time together these days anymore.
But was this movie really about the family and their shenanigans – like a nighttime sitcom? Far from it. Remember how I said that it is best not to have any expectations when it comes to watching Parasite? It’s a little challenging to do a full movie review and speak to all parts of it – knowing that I also can’t give everything away, but what I can say is that it is definitely a must-watch. It will keep you on the edge of your seat, continuously thinking through what will happen next.
I am glad that I gave a chance to this ‘Foreign Flick – as I now like to call it – I’ll definitely be watching more of this Director’s work – because I was seriously impressed. Ho’s latest masterpiece left me absolutely captivated. I was entertained from beginning to end. I think it’s one the best Korean movies that I know – and yes – that’s including train to Busan – even taking into account other films from other countries – including the US & Canada. So to summarize everything, I would say: Bong Joon Ho is a fantastic Director – one who definitely knows how to tell a story effectively. This film has comedy, tragedy, and discusses some very important issues in the today’s society. I recommend everyone watch this film, no matter what type of movie you like – this again – is a must watch. #ChicSophisticApproved