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Movie Review: PARASITE

This movie deserved to win Best Picture at the recent Academy Awards. I won’t say that its fellow nominees ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD and JOKER didn’t deserve to win just as much. I won’t say that there were other movies that weren’t even nominated that deserved to win just as much. But PARASITE deserved the honor. It deserved to make history the way it did, the first movie ever to win both Best International Film and Best Picture at the Oscars. It is a truly great film. (Bong Joon Ho deserved his win for Best Director, too.)

PARASITE, which is as potent an allegory for class warfare as has ever been offered in fiction, starts off as one thing and transforms into something else. Yet the transformation feels organic, natural, and isn’t at all jarring or surprising. At the outset you’d swear you were watching a family comedy. But by the end, it gets dark. Really dark. This kind of a balancing act is hard to pull off without giving the audience a case of metaphorical whiplash.

A family of regular, decent, but poor people attaches itself to a rich, affected family, taking advantage of the latter’s gullibility. They are leeches, but your sympathies are with the leeches, right up until the end, when the leeches get forcefully yanked off with, as one would expect, the spilling of some blood. Powerful stuff.

TheCheezman • March 2, 2020

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