Review: Parasite (2019 Fantastic Fest)

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Title: Parasite
MPAA Rating: R
Director: Bong Joon Ho
Starring:  Kang-ho Song, Sun-Kyun Lee, Yeo-Jeong Jo
Runtime: 2 hrs 12 mins

What It Is: Ki-taek (Kang-ho) and his family are living every day with a chance that they may not eat. You see they are quite a poor family and they’re also all unemployed. When his son Ki-woo (Woo-sik Choi) takes a job with the well to do Park family the wheels are in motion for a scheme to get them all employed by the well off family. They’ll make this happen for themselves by any means necessary.

What We Think: Bong Joon Ho continues to show he’s not just South Korea’s greatest directorial export but one of the planets best filmmakers full stop. This is his magnum opus. Sad, funny, touching this does everything a movie is meant to do and it does so with perfect execution. Every shot is clever and the editing is brilliant. Don’t even get me started on the acting. Pitch perfect almost razor’s edge performances are all over. Did I mention this is one of the year’s funniest and tightest scripts? Oh, I didn’t…well it is. Joon-Ho has proven he can make films this good. Whereas I wasn’t a huge fan of Okja it’s easy to see how good films like Snowpiercer and that’s because of Bong Joon-Ho.

Our Grade: A+, One of 2019’s masterpieces. This award season continues to bring the absolute fire. This is a peach of a film and one that you all need to see as soon as possible. NEON has had a great year with their festival acquisitions. I could list the films they’ve acquired here and it’s a who’s who of 2019 surprises and 2020 anticipation. But can NEON do what they’ve yet to do…earn a Best Picture nomination? It’d be their first…and if they keep up with their normal level of quality it won’t be their last.

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