Parasite was probably the most hyped movie in 2019. Even before it’s wide release, I was hearing about how it was a lock for Best Picture, Best Directing, and Best Foreign Film. So, when I was not able to get out and see it in theaters (it’s rough getting to see all the movies with a full time job and a 4 year old at home), I was super bummed. I was also a bit afraid that I would not get another chance to see it before the Oscars, but thankfully it has come out just in time.
Written and Directed by Bong Joon Ho (who you probably know as having directed Snowpiercer and The Host), Parasite tells the story of two families, one on each end of the social hierarchy.
What starts out as Kim Ki-Woo taking on a job as an English tutor for the daughter in the extremely wealthy Park family (even though he doesn’t really have the credentials), quickly turns into a rather quick assimilation of the Kim family taking on several jobs for the Park family. While there might not be anything particularly wrong with the father being a driver, the mother being a house servant, and the daughter being an art instructor, but when none of them are upfront with who they are or what their real work experience is, it creates a real fascinating dynamic where the extremely poor Kim family is basically leeching off of the Park family, without them knowing what is going on.
Normally, I would feel bad for the Park family, but they are so naive and unaware that it is hard to really connect with them. Also, the Kim family is just damn likeable.
But also, that isn’t where the story ends – far from it. The process of getting his entire family jobs with the Park family is really only where the story begins, and from there it gets real bizarre and entrancing, but you’ll have to see for yourself.
Honestly, I’m not entirely sure if I’m betting that Parasite will take home Best Picture (I still need to see Marriage Story before the show), but it has a real good chance. Bong Joon Ho puts on a master class of directing here, and the acting is superb. I have a real hard time defining this movie, because it blends elements of drama, horror, suspense, thriller, and comedy together so seemlessly that you sometimes don’t know if you’re laughing because something was genuinely funny or if you are just letting the tension out – and honestly, it’s most likely both.
I cannot recommend Parasite enough. Go watch it right now.
Not only is this film set in a visually stunning series of set locations, but the cinematography and visual direction are just beyond top notch. Every scene is crafted so well that they both feel natural and like art at the same time. My only complaint is that there is no 4K release, but even without, this movie looks real good on the screen. You won’t be disappointed.
The DTS-Master Audio 5.1 channel surround is surprisingly full sounding. Several scenes include action off camera, and really come to life in the sound space provided, which makes this one of the better 5.1 channel mixes that I’ve heard in some time.
This Blu-ray release comes in a standard blue case with a nice slipcover. For special features, you get the following:
- Parasite Fantastic Fest 2019 Q&A with Director Bong Joon Ho
- Two trailers
Sadly, this is the most lacking part of the release. I really wish there was more here.
Our Recommendation for Parasite:
Even if it doesn’t win Best Picture, Parasite is without a doubt one of the best films of 2019, and is up there for best of the last decade. Bong Joon Ho shows his talent in one of the most entertaining and unique experiences I’ve seen in quite some time. Scoop this one up!