4/4

Parasite [2019] ★★★★

Like a powerful punch to the gut. That’s how Bong Joon Ho comes at you with his latest cinematic masterpiece “Parasite”. It’s a thing of beauty and terror; a bold and audacious look at the gap between the haves and the have-nots as seen through the eyes of a Korean family living in a miserable sub-basement. The boy is hired as an English tutor for the daughter of a wealthy family (how he gets the job is part of the fun). It’s a golden opportunity, which leads to a series of unpredictable events. I can’t say more, but I’ll say this: there isn’t a moment where you aren’t reminded that Bong Joon Ho is a world-class filmmaker working at the top of his creative form. His film digs deep into the lifestyle of two families from completely different backgrounds while giving us plenty to chew on. You never know where the story is headed or if it is going to explode like a dynamite stick, but the sense of discomfort he creates is acute at every turn. It’s a staggering achievement, and further proof that original ideas are alive and well in the hands of talented filmmakers. How many times can you say this about other films these days? I can’t recommend “Parasite” enough. It’s one of my favorite movies of the past decade.

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