Sure, it won several Oscars, but there are 6 Reasons Why Parasite is Brilliant that make the film much more than a Hollywood award-winner.
Director Bong Joon-ho’s film has been described as a work of “extraordinary cunning and emotional force” and “the kind of remarkable experience that makes modern movie-going such a joy”. As the Chicago Tribune says: “Like Jordan Peele’s Get Out, Bong’s Parasite expresses consequential ideas that matter to the filmmaker about the way we live today, and the prejudice and malice we create for ourselves and others.” It’s also damn funny, and deeply disturbing, reckons KAREN RUTTER:
6 Reasons Why Parasite is Brilliant:
- It has an extremely smart script, one which manages to be a thriller, a dark comedy, a domestic drama, a surreal farce and a grisly horror , and still make a socio-economic point at the same time.
- It has one of the best ensemble casts seen in ages. Despite each adult character (and the kids too) having their own distinct personality, the balance between the actors is never unequal. They play well together.
- It uses clever architectural and spatial features to emphasise the disparity between haves and have-nots – with the underclass literally living in sewage-flooded squalor in a semi-basement below street level, being pissed on by passing drunks, and the uber-mensch occupying a lofty mansion that you have to walk up to. And when things go bizarre, an even lower level is revealed (with ultimately fateful consequences).
- It has one of the most functioning dysfunctional families seen on screen in a while, the manipulative Kim grifters, who while living in dismal poverty with few prospects, manage to pull off a major class coup to benefit the family as a whole, and seem to genuinely enjoy hanging out together.
- The music is almost like an additional character – the score by composer Jung Jae-il evokes a constant uneasiness, with contrasting musical elements perfectly complementing the onscreen disparities.
- While unmistakeably South Korean in context, the class conflict at the root of the film is global in tone. Everybody gets it.