The newest movie by acclaimed South Korean director Bong Joon-ho, known for trying to express social inequality and the defense of animal life, for example Okja (2017) and Snowpiercer (2013). I personally didn’t like Okja, it seemed way to cartoonish and preachy, but Snowpiercer was pretty great, not as forced as Okja, something that I appreciate. So, while watching this movie I had mixed feelings, since I had one good and one bad reference from this director. Because of this, my expectations were towards the middle point of good and bad. Now that I watched it, I can say that I am extremely thankful for having had low expectations. This movie is really something else, something difficult to find in any American movies without feeling forced. Let’s get to it.
First of all, the plot is just so out there that I just want you to know that it’s difficult not to spoil any good parts, since there are so many things happening since the beginning. I won’t put any spoilers here I will only explain a few things that you might need to know before watching it. This will be a short review.
First thing you need to know, this movie is in Korean, if you don’t like watching foreign movies (first of all, why wouldn’t you, there are so many amazing ones) then I would understand why you wouldn’t watch it. Second of all this is a movie with dark humor, not a dark comedy. You will probably laugh at some moments, but it is not a comedy for there are some moments where you awkwardly laugh because you don’t know what the most proper thing is. Third of all, this is a social commentary, it is not to be taken slightly or underappreciate.
And the most important thing of them all is: What is a parasite? If you don’t know what a parasite is let me explain it to you. A parasite is “an organism that lives in or on an organism of another species (its host) and benefits by deriving nutrients at the other’s expense” in case of a human parasite “a person who habitually relies on or exploits others and gives nothing in return”. So, there you go, this is what you need to know. If you like foreign movies, dark humored movies and social commentaries, this movie might just be for you. I personally really enjoyed it, but you know, I’m a little messed up. About the acting and such, I can’t really tell, for I don’t understand the language and I don’t know what good acting in Korea is. It is definitely not bad acting, that I can tell you.
Anyway, I hope you enjoyed this review. Tell me what you think about this movie? If you watch it please let me know what your opinion is, I’d like to discuss this movie with someone.
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