Parasite (2019) – Review

Parasite will play in select theaters beginning October 11.

By Elazar Abrahams

It’s not very often you come across a film that blows your mind. Parasite is that kind of film. While sitting in the theater, I knew this would a movie I’d be thinking about for weeks after, well before the credits rolled. Over the two-hour runtime Bong Joon-ho’s comedic thriller takes you on a rollercoaster of emotions. First laughter. Then shock. Then frustration. And finally, heartbreak. All while keeping viewers of the edge of their seats.

Parasite’s plot is hard to describe without spoiling the twist and turns. For the optimal viewing experience, it’s best to go in blind. But here’s the gist of it: A poor family inserts themselves one by one into the lives of a rich family. What starts out as an innocent grift transforms into a shocking sequence of events. The story has a lot to say about class inequality in both subtle and unsubtle ways.

Full disclosure – despite the universal praise Parasite has been receiving (it won the top award at Cannes), when I heard it was a Korean film, I was turned off. I’m not a subtitles guy. How wrong I was. Nothing seems to be lost in translation and my eyes were glued to the screen. See it in a theater so you can avoid all distractions!

Overall, Parasite is perfectly paced and beautifully directed. Even minor characters feel fully fleshed out. Perhaps this isn’t a “masterpiece,” but it’s pretty darn close.

I give Parasite an A.