Parasite

This is a movie review of one of the most talked-about movies in recent times, Parasite. Parasite won four Oscars including Best Picture and Best Picture in a foreign language but for me, it was definitely not something that was worth all the noise. Sure, storyline, direction and acting were good but in no way did it feel like as if it was the best movie in recent times as critics might have you believe.

Kims, Parks, Bong Joon Ho, Kang-ho Song, Sun-kyun Lee, Yeo-jeong Jo, Woo-sik Choi, So-dam Park, Oscar for Best Picture 2020, Best Picture in foreign language
Kims, Parks, Bong Joon Ho, Kang-ho Song, Sun-kyun Lee, Yeo-jeong Jo, Woo-sik Choi, So-dam Park, Oscar for Best Picture 2020, Best Picture in foreign language

The plot is unique with the Kims who live in abject poverty in a half-basement apartment trying to get by life with one scam at a time or trying to get by with as little an effort as possible. Juxtapose the Kims with the Parks who live in a swanky neighbourhood and have all the amenities and comforts that are required bordering on luxury. The twist in the tale comes after the Kims are working for the Parks in one giant make-believe and the Kims are threatened with exposure.

The film is a fabulous advertisement for the term Parasite with the rich trying to suck the poor dry or vice versa. The irony of the movie is not lost with the plot and the climax but for all those who haven’t yet seen it, there is an HBO adaptation that would be coming along shortly that could be as long as six hours of a reel.

There is an undercurrent when it comes to a following of Korean films amongst a section of the population and from my experience without sounding racist, the north-east in India are followers of south-east Asian films. If ever there was an opening to build on then Parasite has definitely opened the quintessential pandora’s box. I would still say that the movie did not deserve the hype or four Oscars in its kitty but is definitely worth a watch if you can get by subtitles alone.

 

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