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Re: “Bong Joon-Ho's Acclaimed Satire 'Parasite' Has Nothing Much to Say

I'll preface my evaluation by stating that I had not seen this filmmaker's previous works, not do I know too much about Korea's socio-economic realities. That said, I have no problem whatsoever with foreign language films and subtitles, and a great film should easily be able to overcome this, with more clarity.

As the film developed, I looked past an absurdity or two (how could such a bright and cunning family live in such squalor...if a good satire, that would have been reasoned through), and whether I "liked" them or not (clever, charming grifters), I really liked them as characters, as I did the other family. It was a fun, slightly absurdist comedy, with ...I suppose...an expectation of some kind of semi-dark comeuppance in the works. How would it all play out? I was excited to find out.

I near-loved the film until, well, it got weird with the whole story of the housekeeper's husband living (literally) beneath the Parks, and the bloodbath that ensues...and then, some attempt to find meaning in the final minutes of the film. Okay, tonal shifts and surprises are fine, and yes, the filmmaker can do whatever he wants. One can find symbolism in the Parks being self-absorbed and totally oblivious to those living (literally...and I guess figuratively) beneath them. But, well, is that it...and that's an excuse for the bloodbath to break out?

In the end, despite great acting, and skilled direction, I enjoyed this film...until I just couldn't.

4 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by OOMO on 01/21/2020 at 9:58 AM

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